Lend A Helping Hand And Be A Donor

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I've posted up before on how important I think it is to be a bone marrow donor in our community - because there's a need - and because it can save a life - so if you're not a donor yet - here's just one more chance to help out:

The ethnically diverse Daly City community joins up with the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) on March 6 to lend a helping hand to those in need of bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

Billed as “Help Save A Life,” the donor drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Serramonte Shopping Center, where the Filipino community in particular, is being encouraged to show their support for a local Filipina with leukemia.

Michelle Crisologo Ignacio, a 32-year-old Filipina American recently diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, is a patient in search of the right match for a bone marrow transplant and is asking local Filipino Americans, as well as people of all ethnicities, to attend the event and register.

Each day there are about 6,000 patients searching for a life-saving bone marrow or stem cell match, and with a shortage of Filipinos nationally registered in the donor database (about 48,000 FilAms), the task of finding a correct match for Michelle has been a daunting challenge, but one that can be overcome through the help of others.
Read more here.