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Waitress needs $200,000 for bone marrow transplant

Waitress Marilyn Glasgow has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and needs $200,000 to undergo bone marrow transplant. Photo: VINO
Mala’s Bar in Baughers Bay where Marilyn Glasgow held her fundraiser on Friday, January 31, 2020. Photo: VINO
Mala’s Bar in Baughers Bay where Marilyn Glasgow held her fundraiser on Friday, January 31, 2020. Photo: VINO
Proprietor of Mala’s Bar, Mala Ragnaudh is no stranger to assisting persons in need. Photo: VINO
Proprietor of Mala’s Bar, Mala Ragnaudh is no stranger to assisting persons in need. Photo: VINO
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Before being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, St Lucia national Marilyn Glasgow was hardly ill; now she has weakened and is unable to work.

“All my life I have never been seriously sick, and it all started with just a pinch in my lower back, and by the time I found out what it really was, I had three fractures in my back,” she said to the reporters outside Mala’s Bar in Baughers Bay on Friday, January 31, 2020 during her fundraiser.

With the permission of proprietor Mala Ragnaudh, Glasgow charged revellers a $10 fee to enter the dancehall, one of many fundraisers she intends to carry out to reach her goal of $200,000 for the bone marrow transplant in the United States.

“I stayed home nearly two months not working, and that was the hardest thing for me because I work Scrub Island for nearly seven years, and I recall calling in sick only one time. I love my job,” she said sadly.

“It caught me off guard,” she remarked, adding that she is not able to walk a lot or lift heavy objects these days.

Disease is treatable

The grandmother, who has been in the Virgin Islands over 30 years now, said she is being treated locally, and upon completion of the four-month treatment, the final phase to get her back on her feet would be the operation.

“It started poisoning my blood, and I developed a disease called multiple myeloma which could be considered a blood cancer, but the good thing about my disease is that it is very treatable. I am raising funds because this is something that I have to do,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ragnaudh, a Guyanese businesswoman who is no stranger to assisting persons in need, said when she was contacted by Glasgow, who is also a former regular at her establishment, “I said ‘yes’. Normally, I would try to help out anybody.”

Anyone willing to help financially can reach Glasgow at telephone number: 544-4446.

About multiple myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell.

Plasma cells help fight infections by making antibodies that recognise and attack germs.

Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells.

Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it's not clear what causes myeloma.

23 Responses to “Waitress needs $200,000 for bone marrow transplant”

  • One word (03/02/2020, 08:09) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    • face palm (03/02/2020, 09:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is 3 letters, 3 words.
    • True (03/02/2020, 09:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      the $200,000.00 is the 20% co-pay
    • the rock (03/02/2020, 09:50) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
      30,000.00 persons x $5.00 =$150,000. Bvi lets do this thing, all we need is an arranged telethon.
      • @the rock (03/02/2020, 11:37) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
        Exactly, things might be rough but, we all afford can afford $5.00. I am going to donate, from what I understand, she is always helping others and doing what she can to help others. We have to help her.
      • Luvz (03/02/2020, 14:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Good idea. Has she set up a go fund me? Does any one know? If not, she or one of her family members can start there too.
        • tretretrete (03/02/2020, 14:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Without verification that could be confirmed,I am of the opinion the Go Fund Me would be hesitant.
          But as you suggested, it would be a good start.
      • Well (03/02/2020, 19:59) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        This person, me,need to see evidence before I even look for my wallet. Just saying. I is one of the rare non chupid Tolians .
      • Great IDea! (03/02/2020, 20:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        I’d be happy to add to that
      • Trini Oman (05/02/2020, 00:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with this
    • the rock (03/02/2020, 09:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cuba is also or maybe your best option both for cost and operation.
  • Jacket (03/02/2020, 09:21) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    May God richly bless Mala she always lend a helping hand.
    • @Jacket (03/02/2020, 13:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is what the people that knows her is saying that she is a very nice humble lady that is always helping someone. Let us extend ourselves and show her some kindness.
  • Natural Cures (03/02/2020, 10:04) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get some black seed oil in the meantime, I’ve been taking it for 4yrs and haven’t been sick since, helps with any and everything in the human body The Egyptians said “it cures everything but death”

    This is the one I take, it’s the strongest one out there
  • Ms.Marylin (03/02/2020, 11:44) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Things may look bleak but, it will work out for you and you will be ok. You have a good heart and when a person have a good heart things always works out. Wishing you the very best.
  • Oh we go again (03/02/2020, 13:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    people please help her
  • Doc Martin (03/02/2020, 14:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Any confirming data as verification of diagnosis and the identity of the treatment center in the US,? This info would assist in the generosity of willing financial contributors.
  • Contributor (03/02/2020, 14:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know this lady, always so pleasant and sweet. I almost did not recognize her. I wish her all the best and I encourage others out there to contribute as I will.
  • Things to talk (03/02/2020, 15:58) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    it EASY she need to sell the new car she have then buy a secondhand car she get the 20% faster
    • the rock (04/02/2020, 05:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound so stupud, sell the new car then go back in dept with an old car, matter of fact this is no time to sound jelous.
  • Jamdown (03/02/2020, 16:30) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let help her please. I can spare a $100. Cam someone set up a fund please. I don't know her but it doesn't matter.
  • Binocs (03/02/2020, 17:06) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is the case where money helps, not prayers...
  • Trini gal (05/02/2020, 00:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This looks like Marylin from Mr.Fritz
    I almost didn’t recognize her
    she is a such a humbled and contented soul

    I'm saddened reading this news I hope she’s able to make the funds needed for her surgery

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