August 4, 2008

USA - SheKnows, Save Giovanni and DKMS Americas team up to recruit 50000 new registrants - 15000 registrants, and 14 matches later, the Save Giovanni campaign embarks on a new campaign to recruit more potential donors by next year.

Southern California - The Battle Rages On - Chase Crawford-Quickel finds out he has a rare blood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, and gets a stem cell transplant for the second time in his young life. A well-written account, which includes a brief summary of both methods of donation.
"Chase,a wiry young man with a dry sense of humor, says he is willing to tell his story only in order to raise awareness about bone marrow transplants."
Birmingham, UK - Firefighter's Donor Search in Leukaemia Battle and Bone Marrow Donors Could Help Little Alishba - Two people are looking for a matching donor. While no one is guaranteed a match, Alishba is South Asian and may face a more difficult search.
"Even if none of the donors my mates encourage to come forward is a perfect match for me, they could serve to save someone else's life."

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June 28, 2008

I got this a little late. From the Press-Telegram:
[Krissy] Kobata's rare condition is compounded by the lack of a bone-marrow match, which doctors say is now an urgent need. Kobata's family is of mixed heritage - Japanese and Caucasian - which has made it more difficult for her to find a donor match. Kobata's brother, her only sibling, is not a match.

Kobata's family and the Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, an affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program, have arranged for bone-marrow drives in Los Angeles County, including Long Beach.


The only drive that hasn't passed a yet is this one:
Southeast Japanese School and Cultural Center, 14615 Gridley Road, Norwalk; July 26, 3 to 8 p.m., and July 27, 2to 6 p.m.

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June 12, 2008

This is Michelle. She is in her 20s, just got married and has been living with leukemia. She needs a bone marrow transplant and requires an unrelated donor. Project Michelle has helped increase her chances and highlighted the shortage of Asian donors in the registry.

So far, Project Michelle has helped register 8000 people at bone marrow drives. Why don't we do these in Canada? Someone remind me, please.

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June 4, 2008

From hapihour.org:
WHAT: In-n-Out: The Drive to Increase Asian American Registered Bone Marrow Donors

WHEN: Saturday | June 14, 2008 | 10 am - 3 pm

WHERE: Chinese for Affirmative Action, Community Room
The Kuo Building
17 Walter U. Lum Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
COST: Free

To RSVP and to show your support, please visit our Facebook Event and/or our Evite.

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May 30, 2008

Two more Project Michelle marrow drives, courtesy of Peachies.net:
ABC Supermarket
Sat, May 31, 10am – 4pm
6970 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA 92683

Cerritos Farmer’s Market, Cerritos Town Center
Sat, May 31, 8am – 12pm
Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703

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May 28, 2008

From The Maykazine:
Project Michelle
Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Saturday May 31, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Club Sport Fremont
46650 Landing Parkway
Fremont, California 94538

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May 26, 2008

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From the Argus:
Inspired by spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, who told people to "be the change we wish to see in the world," James Logan High School students will hold a disaster-relief fundraiser and bone marrow drive during the school's unofficial "Be the Change" Week.

While that fundraiser takes place throughout the week, junior Supada Sritanyaratana has organized a bone marrow drive for Thursday. Only staff and students over 18 can register, a process which includes using a cotton swab to collect a saliva sample from the mouth.

Because no single ethnic group makes up more than 30 percent of the population at Logan High, "I thought that Logan would be the perfect place to set up this ... drive, (given) our great diversity," Sritanyaratana said.

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May 24, 2008

From Navy Compass:
A Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive will be held on May 30 at Naval Base San Diego Main Navy Exchange, in honor of Zoe Hunter. Zoe is the daughter of IT2 (EXW) Tom Hunter a Navy Reservist, assigned to Navy Weapons Station Seal Beach, Boat Detachment 343.

That's all there is in the way of drive details, but I suspect that, like an earlier drive we mentioned held on a military base, the drive is only open to "all active duty military, their immediate dependents, DoD civilian employees, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists, ages 18 to 60."

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May 23, 2008

From Radio Javan:
This year's event is being held on May 25th in the San Jose area to support thousands of people in need of bone marrow transplants. This drive is in honor of a young Iranian man who has been told he needs a transplant and unfortunately his family are not a match.

Drive details:
Drive Location: Campbell Community Center
Address: One West Campbell Avenue Bldg. D Room 38-39, Campbell, CA 95008 (map)
Drive Date: May 25 2008
Drive Time: 1:00PM - 6:00PM

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From the YABA Blog. This event is both a blood drive and a bone marrow drive:
Please sign up today for an appointment to donate blood! (You don't need an appointment to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Registry.)

What: Blood & Bone Marrow Drive
When: Sunday 1 June 2008
Time: 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Where: Temple Beth Am - 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 90035
RSVP: http://www.bikurcholim.net/BikurCholim/Site/Blood/appointment.asp?m=15

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May 13, 2008

From News10.net:
Bloodsource will hold another bone-marrow drive on Friday, May 16 at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville at 1600 Eureka Rd., from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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May 11, 2008

Here's a reminder of the bone marrow drives coming up over the next seven days. Many of these drives are free, as part of the National Marrow Donor Program's "Thanks Mom" event.

May 12
Columbus, Ohio - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Syracuse, New York - Boys & Girls Club
Sacramento, California - UC Davis Cancer Center
Kansas City, Missouri - Children’s Mercy Hospital
North Plainfield, New Jersey - Vermeule Community Center
Shoreview, Minnesota - Turtle Lake School
Rutland, Vermont - Alderman's Chevrolet

May 13
North Scituate, Rhode Island - Ponaganset Middle School
Hopkins, Minnesota - Shepherd of the Hill Church
Hannibal, Missouri - Cary Cancer Center
Manchester, Vermont - Manchester Rescue
Fair Haven, Vermont - Fair Haven Union High School

May 14
Providence, Rhode Island - Hasbro Children's Hospital
Madison, Alabama - Dublin Park

May 15
Jeffersonville, New York - St. George's Church
Liberty, New York - Liberty High School
Kansas City, Missouri - St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Minneapolis, Minnesota - Nicollet Mall Farmers Market
Middlebury, Vermont - Porter Medical Center
Huddersfield, England - Newsome South Methodist Church Hall

May 16
Rome, Georgia - Redmond Regional Medical Center
Stony Brook, New York - Stony Brook University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pittsford, Vermont - Vermont Police Academy

May 17
Central Falls, Rhode Island - Wyatt Detention Facility’s Training Center
Springield, Pennsylvania - Springfield Township High School
Townshend, Vermont - Grace Cottage Hospital

May 18
Mount Holly, Vermont - Mount Holly Rescue Fair
Parkville, Missouri - St. Therese Parish
Kansas City, Missouri - Temple B’nai Jehudah
Kansas City, Missouri - Christ Church
St. Paul, Minnesota - St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
St. Paul, Minnesota - St. George Greek Orthodox Church

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May 9, 2008

Free registration this Monday. From Rocklin & Roseville Today:
The Sacramento event, hosted in collaboration with BloodSource, will be held on Monday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 X St., Sacramento.

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From Recordnet.com:
San Joaquin County residents can join the National Marrow Donor Program's registry Saturday in Lodi.

A donor drive will be hosted by Miss San Joaquin 2008 Melissa Greiner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lodi Women's Club, 325 W. Pine St.

Greiner is using the donor program as a platform in the Miss America program. Her father, Stephen Greiner, received a bone marrow donation in 2007.

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May 4, 2008

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April 28, 2008

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April 24, 2008

An e-mail to the UCSF Student Activity Center regarding the April 30 drive at the University of California San Francisco led to a followup e-mail from the recruitment director of the Asian American Donor Program (AADP). (Don't let the name put you off; everyone is encouraged to register.) She pointed me to their website, which includes a calendar listing all of their upcoming drives and events, through to June 8. These aren't all in San Francisco. Other cities include Davis, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Palo Alto... to name a few. From their calendar page:
On your consent form, we will need the names, addresses and phone numbers of 2 close contacts who do not live with you and not living with each other.

Unless otherwise noted, all drives are public and open to all ethnic minorities interested in registering with the National Marrow Donor Program Registry. Due to fluctuating funding, non-minorities can be expected to pay up to $52 for registration.
The next four events take place this weekend in Sunnyvale, San Jose and San Francisco.

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April 23, 2008

The marrow drive is on the 30th, but—and this is really last-second—there's an information session today from noon to 1 p.m. From the UCSF Campus Calendar:
Wednesday, April 23, 12 –1pm, HSW 303 INFO SESSION Come for yummy Vietnamese sandwiches and information on being part of the Bone Marrow Drive scheduled for Wed. April 30. Bone marrow transplantation is used to treat cancers and other diseases. YOU can help! Sponsored by the AHC, VSA, KAHPSA, APAMSA, SNPhA and the Chancellor’s Endowment Fund.
Update: Registration is free for minorities; non-minorities may have to pay a fee. Click the graphic at left to download the event flyer as a PDF.

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April 22, 2008

This information was passed on to me by Jan Albertie. Naval Air Station Lemoore in Lemoore, California is hosting a bone marrow drive on May 19 that is only open to, according to the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, "all active duty military, their immediate dependents, DoD civilian employees, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists, ages 18 to 60." As NAS Lemoore is an active-duty base, you would need permission from their coordinator to go.

The drive is at from 0930 to 1430, at the Navy Campus/Theater area.

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April 20, 2008

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April 14, 2008

From KCRA 3:
Drives are open to the public and there is no charge for minorities to register.

Tuesday, April 22
No time information available
Jerry's Paint & Supply
3358 Fulton Ave., Sacramento
916-483-4661

People can also go to any location of Bloodsource to sign up.

www.bloodsource.org

1-866-822-5663

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April 12, 2008

From Erica Murray's blog:
Sunday, April 13
UC Davis (Veterans Memorial Theater)

Saturday, April 19, 2008 9:00am to 3:30pm
PALO ALTO, CA
95 Crescent Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(right near highway 101)

Tues & Wed, April 22 & 23, 10:00-3:00
BERKELEY, CA
UC Berkeley, Upper Sproul and Campanille Esplanade

Saturday, June 14 9:00 - 4:30
LOS ANGELES, CA
Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd. LA, CA 90041

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April 4, 2008

From the North County Times:
Suzanne Penny's boutique in Carlsbad was designed to help women with cancer, but now Penny is in need of help herself.

The San Diego Blood Bank's Stem Cell Donor Center is holding a bone marrow drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, for Penny, who was diagnosed in January with an aggressive form of leukemia.

The bone marrow drive Saturday will be at the San Diego Blood Bank at 440 Upas Street, San Diego.

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