The Asian American Donor Program is hoping to help a Bay Area resident and increase the visibility of minorities in need of donors at a bone marrow drive in Union City next Sunday.
The organization hopes to find a match for Edwin Gonzales, a 47-year-old Daly City resident, at the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Cornerstone College, located at 725 Whipple Rd.
According to the AADP, Gonzales, a father of twins, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. None of Gonzales’ three siblings were a match, and the best chance of finding a match would be from an individual of Filipino or Asian descent.
Gonzales is one of 12,000 Asian Americans in need of donors, according to the AADP, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of minority donors in the National Be The Match Registry.
The AADP is seeking committed donors ages 18 to 44 who are in good health. Potential donors must fill out a consent form and complete a quick cheek swab. The process only takes 10 minutes, according to the AADP.
If you are a potential match, you will receive a call from the AADP for a blood test. See information about the donation process in the attached images.
For more information about the program, visit www.aadp.org.