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Michael Brecker health situation

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Norwegianwood, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Letter sent from Michael Brecker's wife:

    FROM: Susan Brecker
    SUBJECT: Michael Brecker needs your help.
    July 28, 2005

    Dear Family and Friends,

    My husband, Michael Brecker, has been diagnosed with MDS
    (myelodysplastic syndrome), and its critical that he undergoes a stem
    cell transplant. The initial search for a donor (including Michael's
    siblings and children) has not yet resulted in a suitable match.
    Michael's doctors have told us that we need to immediately explore ALL
    possible options. This involves getting as many people of a similar
    genetic background to be tested.

    There are some important points to understand concerning this process:

    1. The screening involves a blood test only. It can be done very
    quickly either at a marrow donation center or at a LOCAL LAB. The cost
    is anywhere from $40 to $75 and your insurance may cover it. (In NYC,
    you can call Frazier, at the NY Blood Bank, at 212-570-3441, and make
    an appointment for HLA typing. It costs $40.00.) Check with your
    local blood bank, or go to http://www.marrow.org to find the donor
    center nearest you.

    2. Your blood typing information can be posted on the international
    registry, if you choose, where it would also be available to others in
    DONATE, it just means that you may be ASKED to do so. You can take your
    name off the registry at any time.

    3. Should you be selected as a potential donor for Michael, please
    understand that there have been tremendous advances in bone marrow
    transplants and the term itself can be misleading. Bone marrow
    donation is no more invasive than giving blood. Stem cells are simply
    harvested from your blood and then transplanted to Michael.

    4. A match for Michael would be most likely to come from those of Eastern
    European Jewish descent. If you or anyone you know are in this category
    please make a special effort to immediately get tested. Ultimately, you
    would be doing something not just for Michael, but for so many more who
    are in a similar situation as my husband.

    5. You are now part of our internet-based drive for donor testing. If
    everyone who receives this can motivate a bunch of their friends to get
    tested, and those friends then forward this email to get their friends
    to get tested, we will have rapidly expanded the pool of potential
    donors. I urge all of you to get tested AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

    Any local blood center/Red Cross center can assist in organizing a
    drive for Michael, although it would be desirable if you can get a
    large group, e.g. a synagogue, to sponsor it. Should you have any
    questions about this, please don't hesitate to get in touch with
    Michael's management office at 212.302.9200 or info@michaelbrecker.com.

    Thank you so much for your love and support.

    We are so grateful.

    Susan xo

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    Michael Brecker is 56 and an internationally renowned jazz musician. As
    a result of his harmonic innovations, Michael is among the most studied
    contemporary instrumentalists in music schools throughout the world
    today. Michael has played on hundreds of albums with artists ranging
    from Herbie Hancock to James Taylor, from Paul Simon to Frank Zappa to
    Quincy Jones, Chet Baker and Bruce Springsteen---and on and on. As a
    leader and co-leader of The Brecker Brothers (with Randy Brecker) and
    Directions in Music (with Herbie Hancock and Roy Hargrove), Michael has
    received 11 Grammy Awards ,more than any saxophonist, ever. For further
    information, go to http://www.michaelbrecker.com