Donor Heroes Stories



Asha registered to be a donor in 2009 at a student donor drive at UC Berkeley. At that time, she had little idea of what she wanted to study, but knew she wanted to impact the lives of others in a ...
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In 2008, Vincent Pan registered with AADP to be listed on the National Marrow Donor Registry (now called Be The Match). He never dreamed he would be contacted as a match to help save someone's life. ...
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Donor Profile Name: Cao Pham Ethnicity: Vietnamese Occupation: Student, UC Davis Registered: Spring 2009 Donation Process: PBSC Donation Year: Winter 2009 A Simple Selfless Act Can Help Save a ...
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Belle Santos

In 1993, I decided to attend the Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco. I came across the AADP information table and the staff made a compelling case- that the most matches are made from donors ...
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Vivek Kumar

In January 2008, Kumar initially donated his stem cells. The patient was in remission, but with the patient’s cancer cells coming back, doctors were hopeful that another stem cell transplant would ...
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Alan and Joy

I was pretty excited when I got picked. I felt like I was lucky in a way. The donor program gave me an update on his health, and said that he had left the hospital and that he was doing well. ...
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Flower Bulaklak Miller

Friends ask if I’d be willing to donate again if I was a match, of course I would… wouldn’t you? What if someone in your family needs a donor? Until there’s a cure for these diseases, we will always ...
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Jona and Judy

Jona Garland lived like any normal kid through-out her teenage years. Then, unexpectedly in 2005, her family was told her cancer had relapsed and that this time, chemotherapy wasn’t going to work. ...
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Kirin Tuei

I received another call for potential match in 1998, and when through testing, and found I was a perfect match. At the time, I wasn’t thinking too much of it, I thought since I signed up, I had a ...
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This experience has made me look at life differently. I was asked by numerous people if my recipient or another patient needed stem cells or bone marrow, would I do it again. My response was and is, ...
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Poonam Desai

She juggled work and wedding activities, but realized the importance of LIFE and in her words, The thought of backing-out NEVER crossed my mind Poonam, a 28 year old from the greater Chicago area ...
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