About Kethan

Ten-year-old Kethan was first diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) in 2006 at the age of four. He beat it twice but now it’s back for a third time. His doctors say his best hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. The problem is finding a donor match. Kethan is of South Asian descent and Asian donors only make up seven percent of the bone marrow donor database.

Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity. Adding more donors from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to the database increases the likelihood that all patients will find the match they need.

Since no match has been found, Kethan’s doctors are having to move forward with an alternative treatment because of no match. Unfortunately, there are thousands of stories similar to Kethan’s. Please register as a bone marrow donor and help improve the statistics for finding a bone marrow match.

So, what happens if you are a match? Once you are registered, you are in the database until your 61st birthday and could be matched at any time. Please go to www.getswabbed.org to understand more about this process and what it entails.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Attention Everyone in KL and the East Bay Area

Just a reminder that there are TWO bone marrow donor registration drives coming up this week!

Kuala Lumpur Marrow Donor Registration Drive

Date: Friday, July 13th
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Institute for Medical Research (IMR), next to the General Hospital of   
          Kuala Lumpur (GHKL). 
RSVP: Please email Siew Chin Duraiappah at siewchin.tan@gmail.com to 
          let her know you are coming and receive more details. 

Everyone will meet in front of the IMR building at 8:30 a.m. sharp. 

East Bay Marrow Donor Registration Drive
Date:  July 15, 2012 (DKMS, CA)
Time: 11 a.m.-6p.m.
Place: BAYVP Annual Picnic at Fremont Central Park,
Fremont, CA

Hope to see you all there!

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