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Hope for Hallie in Garden Grove, CA

Jean Jung
November 9th, 2020 · 1 min read

I was browsing Facebook recently and stumbled upon a shared post for Hallie, a Vietnamese American who has been diagnosed with acute lymphotcytic leukemia.

Here is her note below:

Facebook post for Hallie #HopeForHallie

So, I decided to head down there this past Saturday and the rally was still going on even though it had started to rain a little bit.

volunteer group photo
A few of the committed volunteers in the walk-thru section of the bone marrow drive

social distancing
First thing you do is to fill out an online form through your phone. You’ll be asked for information such as your email and phone number for text messages. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The volunteer that helped me out was very patient and thorough with the directions.

A volunteer explaining the online application to a registrant
Another registrant completing the sign-up process.

Once you’re registered online, it’s time to take a swab. A volunteer helped me through the process of applying the swab, which took about 5 minutes.

A volunteer getting the samples ready to be sent over to the lab for matching.

drive thru
And there wass also a drive-thru option as well.

I ended up getting there at 12:00PM, which is when the drive was supposed to be over, but when I arrived, I was still able to register and the volunteers keept going - amazing!

Please share and follow #HopeForHallie on Instagam.

We’ll also be keeping tabs on future drives for Hallie and other Asian/Pacific Islanders in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.

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