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« Last post by eBalita on May 05, 2017, 01:30:17 PM »

NORWALK, Calif. (KABC) -- The chances of finding a bone marrow match are already challenging, but since registry numbers are lower for many ethnic groups, the odds for these matches are even slimmer.

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department hopes to find a match from someone who shares his Filipino heritage.

At CrossFit Live in Norwalk, most people in these fitness classes share a common heritage.

"Primarily 90 percent are Filipinos here," said owner Norman Andres.

And they share a desire to help seven-year LAPD veteran and father of two Matthew Medina.

His wife, Angelee Medina, said "This whole experience has been an emotional roller coaster since he was diagnosed."

Matthew Medina is suffering from a blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia. A bone marrow transplant is crucial to his survival. His weakened immune system prevents him from attending drives organized for him.

"It seems like it's been non-stop support from family, friends and co-workers," Matthew Medina said.

Filipinos comprise only a half percent of people registered as potential marrow donors. This makes the odds of finding a match extremely low. The Medina family teamed up with A3M to get more people to register.

"It's not like a cross-fit competition where you can make up time on a second workout or third workout. You got one chance. You've got to make it happen. And I think we have enough faith to do it in our Filipino and our Asian communities," said Andres.

The donation process is simple. Check your eligibility. Fill out a few forms and do a cheek swab. Most of the people attending this drive are here to support Medina, but if any registrant happens to be a match for any one, organizers say it's important to stay committed because you could save a life.

"It's like you're that jackpot. If you happen to be the specific match of that patient, you're giving them an extension on their life," said A3M recruiter Chris Chen.

"I just keep praying that something will happen any minute, any day or any minute. I hope it'll happen sooner than we know it," said Angelee Medina.

Matthew Medina added that being a hero doesn't require unusual physical strength. All you need is a desire to help.

"If not for me, for somebody else. You can be the cure for somebody else," he said.

More bone marrow drives are being set up every day. To find out more, check out Medina's Match4Matt Facebook page.
News Stories / To the future generations of Filipinos:
« Last post by eBalita on November 08, 2016, 07:05:17 AM »
 Please accept our apologies. We did not educate you enough. Our institutions failed you. The people in the helm of our legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government were mediocre at best. Selfish, spineless opportunists ran rampant. And we didn't do enough. #nov8 #1stepforward2stepsback
Announcements / Harana
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News Stories / PWC Joins TEAM to Help Filipinos Overcharged by Phone Companies
« Last post by eBalita on May 02, 2014, 01:53:57 PM »
LOS ANGELES (April 2014) Pilipino Workers Center has joined a collaborative of organizations to educate, assist and advocate for low-income and non- or limited-English speakers with issues regarding their telephone.  The Team program is a program funded by the California Public Utilities Commission and addresses issues such as Unauthorized Third party, unfair disconnection, high bills, poor signal, misleading ads and rude customer service.  PWC informs the community through educational workshops on slamming, cramming, prepaid- cards, understanding your bill and much more. PWC recommends customers to review their phone bills in order to understand their service and call the customer service number in case they don’t understand something and ask for an explanation. In case the customer service representative cannot solve the problem, PWC can help resolve the problem. PWC is able to provide in-language services to Tagalog speakers and Spanish speakers, and no one in need of assistance will be turned away.

"This program is important for our community because sometimes the practices of the phone companies results in our community members paying more than they should or need to.  This takes money out of their pockets that could go to their children's tuition, food, rent or other necessities," explains Executive Director of PWC, Aquilina Soriano Versoza.

PWC has seen various cases already of individuals that were paying more than they should.  One client signed up for a new cellphone and when she got the bill, the charges were completely different than she understood them to be. She had been signed up for different services and programs that she had never agreed to.  Through the TEAM program, PWC was able to help her resolve her case so that she wouldn't have to pay more than she had agreed to. Many times it is difficult for immigrants, especially non-English or limited English to navigate the customer service of a company to resolve their problems. Sometimes it is difficult to even recognize the extra charges. And this is why it is important for an organization to be available to help these individuals and families.

For more information or assistance, community members can contact Pilipino Workers Center at (213) 250-4353 or online at www.pwcsc.org. PWC is located in Historic Filipinotown at 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026.
News Stories / TPS for Philippines Rally at White House
« Last post by eBalita on April 30, 2014, 07:01:39 PM »
Los Angeles, CA –More than 5 months after Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to ever hit landfall, the Filipino American community and other concerned Americans are continuing to remind Washington and the public that the Haiyan crisis in the Philippines is not over. Individuals and organizations will travel from around the United States to urge the granting of Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines as another form of aid that the US can provide to the Philippines. Relief 2 Recovery urges the US to continue all forms of humanitarian aid to the Philippines, including the granting of TPS.

“In the municipality of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island, 60% of the families needed new homes after the typhoon, and 30% of families had homes that were partially damaged. I just returned last week from there and in the few areas nearest to tourist locations, only about 15-20% have received or were receiving funds to repair or replace their homes. But in most of the areas on the island, there is very little aid and I estimate that number drops to 5-10%.  This means most of those affected are still without new homes,” explained Lisa Shultz, founder of the Peace Project.

Relief 2 Recovery; TPS for Filipinos is a national, public campaign led by domestic workers, legal advocates, grassroots community organizations, faith leaders and others to urge the Obama Administration and the US Department of Homeland Security to take swift action to grant Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines as a part of the effort to aid the families suffering from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.
News Stories / Toys for Tots 2013
« Last post by eBalita on November 25, 2013, 01:05:44 PM »
I am going to the Philippines early in December. As has been my tradition, I raise funds for the indigent children in the charity wards of the Philippine General Hospital. Help me spread cheer and make a sick child smile by donating money so I can buy them toys. You can use your credit cards on Paypal @ editor@eBalita.net. 100% of the donation goes towards the kids. Also, PGH is a charity hospital, but the patients usually have to provide for their own medicine. The pediatric patients are always in need of anti-pyretic meds. If you know of people who can donate those, I will coordinate with the hospital. #Toys4Tots
News Stories / Set aside your personal and political biases for now.
« Last post by eBalita on November 13, 2013, 12:13:39 PM »
Let us keep the bickering to a minimum and HELP.

I am as cynical as the next person, but in these times of crisis and suffering, can we not harp on the possibility of fraud and corruption because it discourages people who may want to help. Let us do what we can to help, do our due diligence in helping organizations we trust will get the job done. For once, let us put personal and political biases aside and HELP.
News Stories / Please help the victims of the Super-typhoon that hit the Philippines.
« Last post by eBalita on November 12, 2013, 07:03:25 PM »
People have asked how far 5 US dollars will go to help the victims of the Super-typhoon that hit the Philippines... It will go along way. Please be generous. Use your credit card through Paypal and help the Philippine Red Cross NOW.
Announcements / August 26.
« Last post by eBalita on August 20, 2013, 08:49:07 PM »
Lumahok! Para makita noong mga walang hiya, na di natin sila pababayaang magnakaw sa kaban ng bayan.
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