Take Two for October 1, 2013

Finding bone marrow matches is harder for some ethnic groups

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Chelsea Kim, a volunteer for Asians Miracle Marrow Matches, talks to Joseph Chiew during the LA Korean Festival about the need for ethnic bone marrow donors.

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Dr. Auayporn Nademanee is director of City of Hope’s Matched Unrelated Donor Program.

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Shin Ito, director of Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, listens to one of his outreach coordinators.

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Christine Pechera was able to beat back non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with the help of a bone marrow donation from a Hong Kong man.


Bone marrow donations can save the lives of some leukemia patients and others suffering from blood cancers. The challenge is finding a donor, and within some ethnic groups, the search is even harder for both scientific and cultural reasons. KPCC's Josie Huang explains.


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