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1978, Ma-asin, Iloilo, Philippines

Daniel and Tracy Jalbuena with their beloved Lolo, Dr. N. Jalbuena, Sr.

Lolo was a country physician who kept his records on a notepad in his pocket and made house calls on a motorcycle.  Many times his patients paid him in chickens or were unable to pay at all.  He treated everybody who came to the door.  Lolo and sweet Lola loved their American grandchildren very much and would be so sad to know that Tracy has blood cancer and desperately needs a matching donor for a stem cell transplant.   Who would have thought that our blended lineages … Filipino and Irish-German … would one day limit Tracy’s very life?  The critical shortage of mixed race marrow donors is a public health issue for Asian and Filipino Americans.   Tracy, honey, I will not give up praying and searching for your life saving marrow donor!

Ever Lovin’ Mom

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Once upon a magical time, a young girl was loving life and growing in body and soul.  She was the eldest of four children born to a Filipino physician and an Irish/German nurse.  This young lady was determined and had carefully laid out plans for herself.  She then set out to accomplish those dreams.

Time passed.  She advanced in age and married her college sweetheart.  Two delightful children were born to the couple, during which time the young mother whizzed through medical school and residency training.

The family settled in a small village where the father became a college teacher and the mother an Emergency Room physician, caring for the townspeople in their time of illness.  Two years went by and the family nestled into village life, making friends and contributing to the health and welfare of the townsfolk.  As a village doctor, she was sought out and loved by patients and colleagues alike.

Suddenly something bad happened.  The doctor-wife-mother became very sick herself.  Strangely, she was not able to receive the best treatment for her illness simply because of her charming and rare Filipino and Irish/German background. Yes, a stem cell transplant would only be successful if a person of similar background agreed to donate a few stem cells from their healthy bone marrow to hers.  There was no one in the village or around the known world whose marrow “matched” the marrow of the young doctor.  No one to save her from the terrible sickness that had befallen her.

This is where the fairy tale ends.

Until someone of Filipino-American-European background is willing to be a hero and save the day!  Someone who can swoop in and rescue the young damsel through marrow donation.   No cape or super powers needed.  A few stem cells is all it takes.  A desire to do good and help a fair maiden.

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There is one entity on the planet that has the power to change the course for very sick mixed heritage patients at this moment in time.  The Miss Universe Organization and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach!  The followers of Pia adore her, they attend to every word and follow every announcement with keen interest. She is a phenomenon!  Imagine what could happen if Miss Universe 2015 advocated for young people, especially of mixed race, to give of themselves by joining the bone marrow registry!

Pia is so lovely, humble and kind.  She is the perfect one, by virtue of her Filipino/German ancestry and her magnetic personality, to rally her fans to step up and save lives!  Pia herself might be a “match” for someone!  It would be a magnificent FIRST and go down in history as the ultimate selfless act by a Miss Universe!  Ever.

A quote from Pia,  “I am very persistent.  When I have a goal, that goal is fixed.  I don’t negotiate my goals! Be patient, work hard and don’t give up!”

These words strike a chord with me, because I have the same mantra.  I am Tracy’s mother and I am persistent and patient.  I will move mountains to find a life saving heroine for my daughter.  My goal is fixed, and that goal is to make a marrow transplant possible for Tracy and give her a chance to live!

I appeal to the Miss Universe Organization, and to Pia directly, to adopt bone marrow recruitment as a platform issue.  It is a natural “match”!

Pia + BE THE MATCH = Saving Lives

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IU College friends reunite for Tracy & James’ wedding, 1997                                   Julie, Tracy, Saudia

Tracy has blood cancer and desperately needs a matching stem cell donor to survive.   Who would have thought that her lovely blended ancestry would one day limit her very life?  Someone with similar ancestry will be the ONE who can save this young woman’s life.

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, please accept this invitation to join us and help increase diversity in the marrow donor registry using your unique Filipino German lineage and your world stage.  Salamat and may God bless you!

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Dreams Come True

Dear Miss Universe 2015,

You show the world what it means to be beautiful, inside and out.  You carry yourself with grace and poise, even under unexpected pressure.   Confidently beautiful with a heart!  The lovely, compassionate Filipina is the pride of her country mates.  A dream has come true and now you embark on a time of new experiences and service.

Dear Pia, it will be your privilege and honor, by virtue of your God-given beauty and talents, to serve humanity.

I am a woman with a dream in my heart, as well.  My daughter, Tracy Jalbuena, needs a hero to save her life.  She has blood cancer and is desperately in need of a stem cell/marrow transplant to survive.  There is no “match” for my precious Tracy because of her unique heritage of Filipino and German lineage.  A donor with similar ethnicity may be the ONE who can “match” and save a young woman’s life.  Donors of Asian and mixed ancestry are in dire shortage.

Pia, there can be no more noble an effort to take up than marrow donor recruitment!  A gift of a few stem cells from one to another.  Simple and profound.  Much simpler for the donor than in the past and so vital and life giving for the patient!!!

What a timely and fitting opportunity for you and the Miss Universe organization.  Personal and compelling.  Personal, in the sweet kinship between you and patients like Tracy.  And compelling, in the moving stories of those who search for, and who have found, their hero donors.  This is a natural “match”!  PIA and BE THE MATCH!

Salamat and God bless from mom with a dream!

#MissUniverse2015                                                                     #MissUniverseSavingTracy                                         #ConfidentlyBeautifulWithAHeart                                                                 #BeTheMatch


Dear Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015,

Show the world what it means to be beautiful inside and out.  You are so gracious and so lovely.  I just know you could help save a precious life using your platform.

#MissUniverseSavingTracy #MissUniversalDonor #BeTheMatch





More than one year has passed since we began the search for Tracy’s marrow “match” for her to survive blood cancer.   There have been two close calls, so we know that something GOOD is coming soon in 2016 !!  And that something may have international connections.

You may have seen this.  Beautiful Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, has won the crown and sash of Miss Universe in a suspenseful pageant contest.   It happens that Tracy shares something lovely and exquisite with Pia Alonzo.  Not only are they both gorgeous, but they share their mixed Filipino and German lineage.   Like kindred sisters.   Like marrow mates?

Hereby begins an effort to catch onto the star of Miss Universe and her team and invite their help.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, would you kindly consider joining and becoming a potential donor for your sister, Tracy Jalbuena?  Or for someone else waiting for a match? AND, no less importantly, would you take up the cause of marrow donor recruitment for Asian Americans and mixed minority patients who are desperate for a cure.

Miss Universe, you have a special ability, by virtue of your beautifully blended ancestry and your international platform, TO. SAVE. LIVES.  What a privilege and an honor.  If you choose to take it.   We have faith that if only our Fil AM compatriots knew of the severe shortage of marrow donors for brothers and sisters in need, they would respond in great numbers.  Pia, that power is within your reach.  The media are waiting for your ideas. A platform of marrow donor recruitment and saving lives!  Personal and compelling!

Okay, readers, here is where you can help.  Please share our appeal to Miss Universe over all social media outlets.  Please use these hashtags freely:

#PiaSavingTracy  #PiaWillYouBeTheMatch  #MissUniverseWillYouBeTheMatch  #MissUniverseWillYouBeTheMatch