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Khloe Kardashian Makes Desperate Plea for a Family Member Fighting Cancer

by Maressa Brown on February 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

khloe kardashianThe Kardashians are usually so busy making headlines for what they say or do that's absolutely ridiculous, but today, it's a different story. Khloe Kardashian made an especially compassionate and awesome move when, on Wednesday night, she posted on her blog about a cause very near and dear to her heart: Her cousin, Cici's 17-year battle with cancer.

Khloe wrote, "I am writing this blog post because my family desperately needs your help. My cousin ... is no longer responding to the chemotherapy drugs. Her best option now is a bone marrow stem cell transplant, which would hopefully give her many more years to live." As a result, Khloe is soliciting bone marrow donations from, well, anyone and everyone who could potentially be a match.

Khloe elaborated on the details:

Because Cici is Armenian, the donor must be of Armenian descent, so we are asking every Armenian to reach out to the bone marrow registry and sign up with hopes of finding a match for Cici. Your help truly means the world to us!

Wow, huh? Well, it's definitely a change of pace from plugging the latest Kardashian perfume or clothing line! I kid ... It really is amazing how she opened up about this scary situation her family is facing.

But the process of donating itself is actually not as intimidating as it sounds -- it's like giving blood. And if Cici is able to get a donor, she'll be able to have the procedure, which is similar to getting a blood transfusion. Stem cells are delivered into your bloodstream through a tube called a central venous catheter. They then travel through the blood into the bone marrow. Usually, no surgery is needed.

It's pretty amazing to think the process could add years to her life. Fingers crossed Khloe's plea leads to a donor for Cici ... and others in her shoes who need bone marrow stem cell transplants to stay alive.

Those who wish to donate bone marrow to Cici can do so on the National Marrow Donor Program's online registry.

How do you feel about Khloe's blog post? Would you ever give a bone marrow donation?

 

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  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    February 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM
    :0( I hope someone can and will help.
  • Sewsofun
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    Sewsofun

    February 10, 2013 at 1:17 AM
    It's wonderful that she has the means to send out a plea like that and I genuinely hope they find someone. But what about all the others who don't have a brand to flaunt when they need bone marrow or a blood donor etc. .. it just makes me kind of mad.
  • MissF...
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    MissFrenchie

    February 10, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Sewsofun, that's what the registry is for. You don't have to be famous or powerful to get this lifesaving treatment. If your Dr determines you need this treatment, you're added to the list and if a matching donor is found either within your family or on the registry that's linked in this article then you'll get a potentially lifesaving transplant. Everyone can register to be a donor as long as they meet the medical guidelines. Khloe might be doing this for her family member but if her plea inspires people to register as donors then plenty of other people could benefit too!


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    Nancy

    February 10, 2013 at 6:53 AM
    She is just showing why she is our favorite Kardashian. Even if her cousin doesn't find a donor (but i really hope they do) the cause has gotten national exposure and the donors will increase because Khloe mentioned it.
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    Jaime Trosper

    February 10, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    It's ridiculous that Khloe and the rest of the klan don't use their fame to help other peoplei with similar illnesses. That is until affects them in some way. They could do a lot of good.


  • jessi...
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    jessicasmom1

    February 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    oh sad .. but Khloe is trying everything she can possible for Cici


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