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Chaldeans Bowling Toward a Cure
By Sam Yousif :: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 :: 40612 Views :: Health & Fitness

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans are helping in the fight against Leukemia and they need your support.  Join friends and family as the community rallies to raise funds to help those suffering from Leukemia.   Event organizer and passionate advocate, Christine Loussia has been remarkably committed to educating the Chaldean community about cancer, Leukemia, and other terrible ailments. 

Loussia says she is on a mission to help the Chaldean community better understand Leukemia and build a comprehensive bone marrow database that will save eventually lives. 

Loussia has organized a number of bone marrow drives at community centers and churches hoping to draw attention to the need for Chaldeans to participate.  The cost of the procedure is about $70 per person but desperately needed in order to find matching donors for Chaldean children suffering form Leukemia. 

“Minorities are often underrepresented in donor databases because little funding or understanding is ever targeted in their communities,” says Dr. Nicholas David, a Chaldean oncologist specializing in cancer research at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.  “Angels like Christine are often our only hope when it comes to saving a child.  More Chaldeans are helping in the battle and anyone can get involved.  From helping to spread the message, fund raising, sponsoring tests for families, or simply cheering on those who are involved,” saves David. 

Loussia continues to hold drives and fund raising efforts hoping to overcome the obstacles of a community uninformed and unaware of how a bone marrow database can help.    The passionate community leader along with friends and family has prepared a wonderful fund raising event in hopes to raise money to pay for bone marrow testing.

Loussia with her friends and family has organized a family bowling event to raise funds.  This Thursday, August 31, 2006 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. everyone is invited to Wonderland Lanes (Located on Richardson between Haggerty & Union Lake Road).

Tickets for the event are only $25 for individual bowlers and $100 for a team of 4.  The event will feature bowling competitions, food, contests, raffle, and plenty of prizes.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and all donations are tax deductible. 

All proceeds will fund the Chaldean focused Bone Marrow Drive on September 24, 2006 in hopes of finding matching donors for suffering children. 

For tickets or to make a donation please call:

  • Christine Loussia (248-302-5676)
  • Clair Konja (248-408-0003)
  • Melanie Nafsu (248-884-8588)
  • Sonia Lousia (248-884-5617)
  • Derek Dickow (248-521-2900)

Guests are also asked to bring a box of decorative band-aids to the event to be donated to DMC Children’s Hospital.

“Chaldeans are called to help build a support system for all Chaldeans who may face the terrible battle against Leukemia, Lymphoma or any other blood related disease,” says Loussia. 

Leukemia is the most common type of cancer kids get. Leukemia involves the blood and blood-forming organs, such as the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the innermost part of some bones where blood cells are first made. A kid with leukemia produces lots of abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow.

Usually, white blood cells fight infection, but the white blood cells in a person with leukemia don't work the way they're supposed to. Instead of protecting the person, these abnormal white blood cells multiply out of control. They fill up the bone marrow and make it hard for enough normal, infection-fighting white blood cells to form.

Other blood cells - such as red blood cells (which carry oxygen in the blood to the body's tissues) and platelets (which allow blood to clot) - also get crowded out by the white blood cells of leukemia. These cancer cells may move to other parts of the body, including the bloodstream, liver, spleen, and lymph nodes. In those areas, cancer cells can continue to multiply and build up.

 


 

Bowl for the Cure Fund Raiser
Wonderland Lanes
(Located on Richardson between Haggerty & Union Lake Road)

Bowling * Food * Contests * Raffles * Prizes *

From 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Individual Bowler: $25 donation
Team of 4 Bowlers: $100 donation

For tickets or to make a donation please call:

Christine Loussia (248-302-5676)
Clair Konja (248-408-0003)
Melanie Nafsu (248-884-8588)
Sonia Lousia (248-884-5617)
Derek Dickow (248-521-2900)

Don’t forget bring a box of decorative band-aids to the event to be donated to DMC Children’s Hospital.

All proceeds will fund the Chaldean focused Bone Marrow Drive on September 24, 2006 in hopes of finding matching donors for suffering children.

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.