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May 16, 2014

Make me a match

Filed under: Alameda, Public Resources — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Tomorrow (Saturday!) from 10 – 2 p.m. there will be a Bone Marrow Donor Drive at Ruby Bridges Elementary School.   A student at Ruby Bridges is diagnosed with myeloid sarcoma which  is essentially a form of leukemia.   Myla’s best chance of beating her diagnosis is a bone marrow transplant.   As of today in the current database there is not a match for Myla, which is why the Asian American Donor Program (located in Alameda by the way) is coordinating a drive to help find a match.   As Myla is Filipina, there is a greater likelihood that a match would be someone of Filipino or Asian descent.

So if you do have an Asian background and would like to register — it’s a simple cheek swab if I remember correctly, no blood no fuss no muss — you can go to Ruby Bridges Elementary School tomorrow and register.   There are lots of people on waiting list for donor matches, and the number of ethnic minority donors in the larger Be the Match database is low in comparison to the need.

There are a few requirements though.   First, you have to be between the ages of 18 and 44 and you have to give your consent (of course).   Naturally they want this to be an informed decision on your part because it would be devastating if someone ended up being a match and then backed out at the last minute.  If you cannot make it to Ruby Bridges tomorrow or one of the many other drives, you can request a home kit, but there are often delays in processing the home kit so it’s best that you come in person.



So please spread the word to anyone you know that meets the requirements, remember there are lots of others on the waiting list and the closer the match the the ethnic background the greater the likelihood of a match.   There’s also a need for mixed race donors so if you are hapa then you might be a match for the hapa patients on the waiting list.



  1. I wish I were still young enough to donate to this kind of campaign….

    Comment by Jon Spangler — May 16, 2014 @ 9:19 am

  2. The don’t let gay people donate.

    Comment by Joseph — May 16, 2014 @ 11:26 am

  3. 2. I’m hoping that you’re just uninformed and not as idiotic as your comment could leave some to believe.

    Comment by dc — May 16, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

  4. Actually dc I am not uninformed or a idiot…I do believe they are trying to change it now but last I heard gay people can’t give blood since 1983. or just put In your search: Blood donation gay ban

    Comment by Joseph — May 16, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

  5. I find it rather sad to bring the Gay issue in a potentially life saving campaign ,
    you want to give , give no one is stopping you , simply mention what medication you are taking , I happen to be taking medication which would definitely be life threatening to anyone receiving it , I always mentioned it when donating blood while working for a large corporation , by participating it created interest and more donation . Everyone won “2 Gallon blood donor here”.
    We need to bring attention to it , not scare peoples away.

    Comment by Joel Rambaud — May 16, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

  6. 2. Gay women are allowed to donate blood.

    Comment by dc — May 18, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

  7. Thank you Joseph for reminding people of the truth that gay blood isn’t good enough and still not accepted in 2014. I agree @Joel we need to bring attention to this, being a gay male does not make your blood unacceptable for collection. Well said 😉
    @dc I’m so glad my female gay blood is accepted! Oh wait it’s not cause I’m Irish (I lived in Ireland during foot and mouth outbreak) wow homophobic, xenophobes at the donation centers.

    I sincerely wish Myla the best of luck in her search and hope her gay uncle/cousin/brother is not her much needed match!

    Comment by Mairead — May 20, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

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