channelAPA.com just received the sad news of Janet Liang’s passing. Over the past year, we’ve written about all the support for her as well as bone marrow donation awareness among the Asian American community (Asian Americans Helping Janet Liang and White Frog cast PSA from Janet Liang). We even had a chance to meet her in person at a YTF concert in the San Francisco Bay Area. (At that time, Janet was still high in spirit. She and her friend were definitely hustling to get people to be signed up to the Marrow Donor Registry. You can still help future people in need of bone marrow donation by joining the registry.) But nothing was more emotional than Janet Liang’s personal plea to find the perfect match for a bone marrow donor. The heart-wrenching video went viral helping her and her desire to find a donor. As more people shared the video, it eventually reached Jeremy Lin. During the height of Linsanity, Jeremy Lin even tweeted out this message of support for her on channelAPA.com featuring her personal plea.
Everyone please help her!! Thank you! fb.me/1374eLIcJ
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 2, 2012
In June 2012, she found a match partial bone marrow donor match 9/10. Just last week (September 5), she got her long awaited bone transplant. A week later Janet Liang passed away with her team leaving this message:
To all of Janet’s loving supporters,
It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce the passing of Janet Liang.
Janet has served as an inspiration to all those who knew her. Her big heart and big smile was something that we all cherished. And although she never fulfilled her dream of being a teacher, she has taught us all one very important lesson: love. Despite battling leukemia for 3 years, she has always found it within her to make her situation more than about herself. Her campaign to raise awareness and advocate for bone marrow donors was for the love of her fellow human. She has certainly taught all of us to love one another, and live each day as if it were our last. After bravely fighting cancer for three years, she has finally found her peace.
We ask that you provide her family with privacy and respect during this difficult time.
Thank you to all of Janet’s supporters. Your outpouring of love and support has always been a constant source of strength for her. Please help to honor her legacy by continuing the fight for leukemia awareness in her memory.
Janet Liang mini documentary