In February 2004, without warning or reason, Sara began having puzzling symptoms which doctors couldn't explain. After further tests, Sara was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood. Sara has taken a beating from a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but is still suffering from AML. Her only hope for survival is to find a bone marrow donor, quickly.

Finding a Marrow Donor
Like hair color, tissue types are inherited from parent to child. For this reason, patients needing a marrow transplant have the highest chance of finding an exact match from a biological sibling. If a match isn't found from a patient's immediate family, a match is still very possible because many individuals share a limited number of possible tissue types. However, because tissue traits are inherited, Sara's most likely match will be someone of Asian or Pacific Islander descent -- odds are even better amongst the ethnic Chinese population.

Minority Donors
In the National Marrow Registry, there are currently nearly 10x more Caucasian donors than Asian donors. This means that Asian patients have a far lower chance of finding a match than a Caucasian patient. The problem is similar amongst Hispanic, African American, and especially American Indian populations. This MUST change.
The federal government has been supporting problems over the recent years to increase the number of marrow donors from minority groups. This support has allowed us to offer tissue typing to minority donors FREE OF CHARGE. A number of groups, including Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, exist solely to help solve this social problem.
Everyone should consider joining the marrow registry since every patient should have the best chance of beating bone and blood cancers. But, we especially need donors of minority groups to seize the chance to save someone's life and join the bone marrow registry. The process is free, simple, and non-intrusive. Join us and millions of others in giving hope to marrow recipients ... you could be Sara's miracle marrow match!

Hematopoietic, or blood-forming stem cells, are immature cells that can mature into blood cells. These stem cells are found in the bone marrow, bloodstream, or umbilical cord blood.
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