24-year-old graduate student Lara Casalotti, who is Asian-white mixed race, needs a bone marrow donor. Because of her mixed racial background (her ethnic background is Chinese, Thai and Italian), her best chances of finding a suitable match would be from a person who has a similar genetic makeup. Lara is currently undergoing chemo for acute myeloid leukemia in London, and needs a bone marrow transplant by April to save her life.
Meet her parents and brother in this video:
Need For Mixed-Race Bone Marrow Donors
Unfortunately, Lara’s brother is not a match. Currently, only 3% of registered stem cell donors are of mixed-race, so if you are over 18 and multiracial, I urge you to get tested and join the registry.
Learn more at the Match4Lara website. Visit the Match4Lara Facebook page to find out about bone marrow testing drives near you — or even easier — go to this link at the Asian American Donor Program website to request an at-home testing kits they can track it specifically for Lara.
For more background on the need for multiracial bone marrow donors, please read Why Multiracials Need Bone Marrow Donors