WANTED: Asian Bone Marrow Donors

In Health, NEWSPRINT, UCLA Events on November 9, 2009 at 2:43 am

Who has spare time? Heck, go ahead and squeeze this into your schedule: Lambda Phi Epsilon is collaborating with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches in holding a bone marrow drive. Minorities, especially Asian Americans, are highly encouraged to sign up because of the lack of registrars. Bone marrow matches greatly depend on ethnicity. Thousands of patients diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases rely on these bone marrow transplants. All they need is to swap your saliva with a cotton swab, fill out some paperwork there, and you will be registered under their system.

UCLA alumni Matthew Nguyen was able to find a match when cooperating with Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches last quarter. He is now recovering after the recent transplant.

Now it is Janet Liang’s turn to find her match, who was diagnosed with leukemia this August. She is a fifth-year International Developmental Studies student currently going through chemotherapy that might last only up until May. Her family has been assisting this week’s bone marrow drive in hopes of finding a matching donor soon and to increase possible future donors for other patients.

“Coming from a Chinese background, Liang statistically has only a 7 percent of finding a donor, she said. For a person of Caucasian heritage, the chances are close to 80 percent, she added.” -Daily Bruin

Not pretty good, right? Let’s raise the percentage. Let’s raise it for other ethnicities too. I challenge you. So what are you waiting for? Go register!

Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9S8ktcM5xE

For more information:

Daily Bruin article on Janet Liang

Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)

By Stepfanie Aguilar

  1. […] and I were also featured in UCLA Daily Bruin Newspaper and UCLA Pacific Ties Magazine urging UCLA students to register to become a marrow […]

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