It only takes a short registration form and 4 cotton swabs to join the National Marrow Donor Registry. If you are a match for Anh or another patient in need 70% of donations are now given through a blood harvesting method and not from marrow extracted from the hip bone. The harvesting process has improved dramatically over the years but few people know this.
Host: Team Anh - Save Anh's Life
Date: Sunday, September 6, 2009
Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Compassion Meditation Center
Street: 17327 Meekland Ave
City/Town: Hayward, CA
This drive is to try to find a match for Dr. Anh Nguyen and the many other Vietnamese Americans (like our friend Matthew) all searching for a matching marrow donor.
Anh has the same disease my cousin Tami had, Myelodysplasia. She has had a few scares since her diagnosis but has been working hard with the help of her brothers to locate a match by holding numerous donor drives some small and others large. At the Marian Days Festival they signed up over 2000 new potential donors!
If live in the Bay area and are of Vietnamese descent or know people who are that live here, please let them know about this drive. This is an all day donor registration event. I'll even be there for a few hours helping out. I hope some of you read this and come by to join the registry. If you do make sure to find me and say hello.