Imagine how heartbreaking it would be to find out your child has leukemia.
Imagine how grateful you would be when he beats it.
Imagine what it would feel like to find your child has relapsed and needs a bone marrow transplant to live.
That is the story of a seven-year-old boy named Baylor Nihei Frederickson who is in serious need of a bone marrow donor. Bay, as his family calls him, is Japanese and German, and be most likely to find a match from a donor who is also Asian and Caucasian.
Here’s a video of Bay and his sister:
It is extremely important to build up a database of Asian and mixed-race donors, since genetically, we are not as likely to find a match from the general population.
I swabbed my cheek and got registered in the national bone marrow registry several years ago, and there are several upcoming bone marrow drives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bay Area Bone Marrow Drives for Baylor
Albany High School
Saturday, May 10
603 Key Route Blvd.
Mother’s Day Stroll
Sunday, May 11 Nihei
1540 Marchbanks Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA
Wednesday, May 14
1608 4th St. (front entrance)
Berkeley, CA 94710
Berkeley High School
Tuesday, May 27
1980 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
Meet on the steps in the courtyard
Register By Mail
If you can’t make it to one of the bone marrow drives, you can get a free testing kit mailed to you. More drives are being organized every week, so visit the Asian American Donor Program website for the latest schedule or to request a kit to be sent to you.
Do it for Baylor… and all our kids.