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March 19, 2013 > Bone Marrow registration

Bone Marrow registration

Submitted By Jessie Mangaliman

A bone marrow registration drive will be held March 21 at the Kaiser Permanente Fremont Medical Center (39400 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont) for Joey Tyquiengco, a Hayward resident battling cancer and in need of a bone marrow match.

Tiquiengco, 41, originally from Guam, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in 2011. He is being treated at University of California-San Francisco. Before his cancer diagnosis, he worked at Costco in Hayward.

Joey has been active in hosting bone marrow/stem cell registration drives in the Bay Area within the Chamorro and Filipino communities to encourage them to become potential bone marrow/stem cell donors.

Guam is a big supporter of Joey since his diagnosis. Joey, his family and his supporters have been hosting bone marrow/stem cell registration drives in Guam with great success. Joey is still looking for his life-saving donor.

The national pool of Asian donors is small, and in the U.S., there is a shortage of minority donors on the national registry.

"Cancer affects everybody," said James De Lara, Senior Outreach and Volunteer Manager for the Asian American Donor Program, a non-profit agency in Alameda that is partnered with Be The Match Foundation, the national organization that helps patients find a bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant donor, and receive treatment.

"We're encouraging people to be a donor because by registering as a potential bone marrow or stem cell donor, you have the potential to save someone's life," De Lara said.

To donate, you must be between 18 to 44 years old; meet general health requirements; complete a consent form and do a cheek swab.

For additional information on how to become a donor, visit www.aadp.org, or call 510-568-3700.

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