Marrow drives seek Asian-American donors

By From page A4 | January 31, 2012

The Asian American Donor Program will hold three marrow registration drives in Davis this weeks in hopes of saving a 4-year-old Bay Area boy in need of a marrow transplant.

Because Kyle Crawford, who suffers from aplastic anemia, is of both Chinese and Caucasian descent, it is likely someone of Asian or bi-racial heritage will be a marrow or stem cell match for him. But there is a shortage of multi-ethnic donors on the national Be the Match registry.

Drives collecting cheek swabs will take place on both Wednesday and Thursday in two locations on the UC Davis campus — in the Quad and at the Silo — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A third drive will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Davis Chinese Christian Church, 536 Anderson Road.

Those who cannot attend any of the marrow drives can go to http://www.aadp.org to find another registration drive or to request a home test kit. Click on the red “Register Now” button and then click on “Request a Home Kit.” A kit will be mailed the next day.

For more information about AADP and upcoming marrow drives, call 1-800-593-6667 or visit www.aadp.org.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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