Bone Marrow Drive for San Mateo Boy

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Kyle Crawford, a 4-year-old San Mateo resident, suffers from a rare disease called—aplastic anemia. It prevents his body from making new blood cells and if he does not receive a bone-marrow transplant he has little chance of living a long life.

What makes this difficult is the fact that he is mixed—Chinese and white; finding him a donor match is already hard to do especially since there is short number of biracial and Asian donors in the national bone marrow donor registry, said by the nonprofit Asian American Donor Program.

The first drive held last weekend stimulated 570 potential donors and more than half of them were mixed race.

But Kyle is still need of assistance, and the nonprofit Asian American Donor Program is asking everyone to attend this Saturday’s drive from noon to 3 p.m. at Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, at 558 Clayton Street in San Francisco.

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