DAVID GRANOVSKY

Lisa Ray to undergo stem cell transplant for cancer

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on November 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

Lisa Ray to undergo stem cell transplant for cancer
Knoxville Times – Wednesday 18th November, 2009   – (IANS)
Indo-Canadian actress Lisa Ray will undergo a stem cell transplant to treat her multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood cancer.  The 37-year-old star was diagnosed with the cancer of the bone marrow in June and has been undergoing chemotherapy since July.

Toronto-born Lisa made this announcement Tuesday while visiting the Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School where her film ‘Water’, directed by Deepa Mehta, was screened. 

Ray, who was born to a Polish mother and Bengali father, said the process for a stem cell transplant would begin next week in a city hospital.  The procedure would begin by releasing her own stem cells into her blood, then collecting them and later freezing them, she said.  Calling it a ‘reboot’ of her system, she said the process would take up to two weeks to complete.  After this, she would put on a waiting list for a stem cell transplant.

Discovered, at the age of sixteen, by Maureen Wadia, through her Glad Rags magazine, nearly ten years ago, Lisa ray flew to India from Canada,where she had been raised,little did she know what future had in store for her. Her visit to India—to meet her near and dear ones—proved to be a turning point in her life and career. Lisa’s chiseled face and sylph-like figure caught the attention of the modeling world and soon she got the offer for an ad for a well-known fabrics company. Since then there has been no looking back for Lisa as she went on to become one of the most sought after models who could steal the entire show with her shimmering presence.

But soon she got over the appreciation from the fashion fraternity and forayed into the world of films with the music video ‘Afreen’ (for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan). She is also the beautiful host of the movie show ‘Star Buzz’ (with Kelly Dorjee) on Star Movies. Now Lisa has jumped aboard the Bollywood bandwagon with Vikram Bhatt’ production in which she has acted quite well, considering it is her maiden attempt in films. For future Lisa is not much enthusiastic about pursuing an acting career in Bollywood, although there are chances of her doing more films. Indian origin actress Lisa Ray has been featured in the Canadian edition of Hello magazine as one of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ of the country.
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