More help needed for Asian bone marrow transplant registry

Asian American Donor Program looking for matches to save lives of minorities

Published On: Sep 19 2012 01:05:56 PM EDT
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Many Americans are in dire need of a bone marrow transplant, but it’s especially hard for minorities to find a match.

Jeremy Kong was just like any other 2-year-old boy until doctors told his parents, Alice and Anthony, that he had a rare form of leukemia.

They also said he needed a bone marrow transplant by December.

“I just love him and adore him. It’s just hard to kind of see him and not know what’s going to happen to him,” Alice Kong said.

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Ruby Law with the Asian American Donor Program is fighting for the Kong family. Law herself lost a friend to leukemia and wants more people to help by signing up for the donor registry.

According to the AADP, there are 9 million people on the national bone marrow registry, only 7 percent are Asian. Jeremy is Chinese, which means he only has a 1 percent chance of finding a match.

The Kongs are expecting their second child and are hoping Jeremy will be there to welcome his new little brother or sister.

You can sign up for the AADP registry here.