March 16, 2011

United in Faith – United in Love - United in Action.

Urgent Appeal to Serbian-Americans!

In these days of Great Lent when we remember the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ for our sake and for all of humanity, we have the unique opportunity to put our faith in action by saving the life of a young Serbian woman

.Serbian-Americans from throughout the greater Chicago area will gather at their churches during the next few weeks to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry in order to find a match for 31-year old Jelena Stojakovic (from Trebinje, Hercegovina), a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. A bone marrow transplant is Jelena’s only chance for survival and a matching donor is needed NOW! See below for times and locations of the Serbian church hosting a drive nearest to you.


Doctors have said that the best possible chance for finding a matching bone marrow donor are within one’s own ethnic group, yet of 10,000,000 registered donors in the National Bone Marrow Registry no match has yet been found for Jelena and very few registrants are Serbian. This is why URGENT ACTION is needed NOW on the part of our community in order to save Jelena’s life.

If you decide to register, a sample of your DNA will be taken by a simple and painless swab of your cheek cells that will take a few seconds. Should you be a possible match, further testing will be done to determine the compatibility of your marrow to Jelena’s. If you should be selected as a bone marrow donor, the procedure is simple, harmless, and causes only minor discomfort. Your participation DOES NOT require health insurance, nor will you have any expenses for being a bone marrow donor, and you can potentially SAVE A LIFE.

If you would like to help Jelena by registering, our volunteers will be available to take your information and a painless swab of your cheek cells at the following churches after services:

Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Redwood) Sunday, March 20, March 27 and April 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. - Old Holy Resurrection Church (Palmer) – Saturday, March 19 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. St. Basil of Ostrog (Lake Forest) – Sunday, March 20 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information OR TO SPONSOR A DRIVE AT YOUR CHURCH, please contact: Anna Pavichevich at            773-507-4460               or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dear friends,

Please sign in Bone Marrow Registry! Save Jelena's life!

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