Thursday, January 28, 2010

Have you registered?

I first heard of little Barry Pham through AADP. He's only 9 months old and has been diagnosed with acute biphenotypic leukemia. It's a rare form of acute leukemia where the lineage is of both myeloid and lymphoid origin.

He needs a bone marrow transplant and is of Asian descent. For those of you who have followed my story from the beginning, you know just how precious minority donors are to the marrow registry. There are too few who are registered and too many patients needing a match. I was one of those patients until a very generous woman was found who was a close enough HLA match.

It literally only takes ten minutes of your time to register and is absolutely painless! Just ten minutes to potentially save a life. We regularly waste that amount of time doing less important things.

Take the time to help save someone like Barry. Go to Be The Match and order a kit. It's free if you're a minority. There is a small fee if you're not a minority which helps cover the cost of typing. You could also visit A3M to get registered. You could also order a kit from AADP.

A bone marrow drive is being held for Barry Pham January 31 in San Jose, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.savebarry.org. If you live in the area or nearby, please consider going out to register and bring your friends.

More people could be saved if only more people would register. Be a hero, save a life.

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