Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Help Harrison Leonardo!

i just came across this story about a little boy named harrison leonardo. here's more:

"Harrison Leonardo is a two-year old boy who is fighting Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. He’s spent most of this year fighting cancer, which went into remission in August. Unfortunately his family learned the cancer relapsed just before Thanksgiving.

He is currently hospitalized and undergoing another round of chemotherapy while his doctors and family search for a donor.

Harrison’s family will organize several donor drives over the next few weeks throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Please check back here soon for info on more drives. There is no fee for minorities to register and get tested. Caucasians can expect to pay between $25 and $52, depending on funding levels. Testing is free of charge for public safety officers (fire, police, sheriff,etc.) of all ethnic backgrounds.

If you are unable to attend a drive you can still help by requesting a free testing kit be mailed to your home. To request a free kit, please call 1-800-59-DONOR (1-800-593-6667) or visit AADP.

A bone marrow donor must have an identical Human Leukocyte Antigens type (HLA type). His parents’ and brother’s HLA types do not match Harrison, meaning we are now searching for a non-related donor. A suitable donor will most likely have a similar ethnic background as Harrison, who is Filipino and Caucasian. There is also a chance a match can be found with someone who is of Asian descent or who is bi-racial.

i just called and requested three kits and emailed every filipino i know....


help harrison
harrison's mother's blog
asian american donor program

those of you in the SF Bay Area can register at the following drives:

12/19 (Tuesday) main entrance PG&E building- 77 Beale Street btwn Market and Mission. Auditorium lobby-enter to left of the waterfall San Francisco12pm - 2pm

12/21 (Thurs)San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 2-Upper Level Lobby Area, South San Francisco 9am – 4pm.

12/27 Cathay Post (with the Firefighter’s Local 798 and SF Asian Firefighters Association) 1524 Powell St., San Francisco. 10am to 2pm.

1/6 (Saturday) - 3:00pm – 6:00pm, A marrow donor recruitment drive will be held at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland 659 14th Street, Oakland, CA.

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