Update on Joan Xie Qiong’s leukemia treatment

Update on Joan Xie Qiong's leukemia treatment
Since I posted my appeal two days ago, we have managed to raise another 45,000 yuan ($6,530) toward Joan Xie Qiong’s medical expenses. Additionally, my family and friends have sent via PayPal $183 (about 1,260 yuan) to me, which I have immediately forwarded to Joan’s best friend, Ivy Zhang (in the foreground in the photo above). The hospital in Guangzhou has tentatively scheduled the bone marrow transplant for Thursday. Ivy says there are still many preparations and tests to make, so the operation may occur on another day. By way of some background, in case you’ve not read my earlier post about Joan, she is the third member of her small family to be diagnosed with leukemia. Both her older sister and their father died of the disease when Joan was much younger. After she graduated from Jishou University, where she and Ivy were both my students, Joan went to work in Shenzhen as the sole support of her mom. But, several months ago, Joan was also diagnosed with leukemia and has been in treatment ever since. A earlier crowdfunding campaign in China met its goal of 300,000 RMB, but the second campaign is less than a third of the ...
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