By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Learning of the cancer that has increasingly begun to devastate Marilyn Glasgow’s life, the owner of Mala’s Bar in Baughers Bay, Mala Ragnaudh, knew she had to help.
Glasgow — an employee in the local hospitality sector — is trying to raise $200,000 for a bone marrow transplant. And last Friday night, Ragnaudh opened her establishment and allowed Glasgow to charged a $10 admission fee for patrons to enter the popular bar.
This was the first fundraising effort to help save Glasgow’s life.
“It caught me off guard because 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 fractures in my back,” Glasgow explained.
She said after visiting a few doctors, she was made to understand that the fractures were due to calcium escaping from her bones and getting into her bloodstream.
“It started poisoning my blood,” Glasgow told BVI News.
This led to her developing a disease known as Multiple Myeloma. She said the disease is effectively a cancer of the blood that, as Glasgow described it, is “very treatable”.
That treatment comes in the form of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant, which is more commonly known as a bone marrow transplant.
Glasgow said the bone marrow transplant that must be done in Atlanta, USA for the aforementioned sum.
“I have to get treated for about five months, but after the five months, I have to get a bone marrow transplant. A bone marrow transplant is very expensive, so I am raising funds because this is something that I have to do.”
Glasgow further said the ongoing treatment will conclude sometime in late February to early March.
She said her illness has affected her life.
“I stayed home nearly two months not working, and that was the hardest thing for me because I work at Scrub Island for nearly seven years, and I recall calling in sick only one time. And, it wasn’t because I was ill, I just couldn’t make it that day. I love my job,” she expressed..
The illness makes it difficult for her to lift heavy objects or walk excessively.
Persons willing to assist Glasgow may her contact her at 284-544-4446.
Happy to help
Meanwhile, bar owner Ragnaudh — a Guyanese living in the British Virgin Islands for 30 years — said she was happy to help Glasgow.
“Normally, I would try to help out anybody, so when she called me and asked me if I was able to assist by having this event, I said ‘yes’. So she came up with the idea of paying at the door,” Ragnaudh said.
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