Kevin Weston was a 44 year old new media journalist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In August 2012, Kevin was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia. A bone marrow match could help save his life. Kevin’s ethncity is African-American. Only about 8% of the nation’s 10 million registered bone-marrow donors are Black, which made his chance of finding a bone marrow match quite slim.Kevin was a loving father and devoted husband as well as a highly respected figure in the journalism community, mentoring aspiring writers towards fulfilling their dreams. He was a long-time mentor to aspiring journalists of color, Kevin’s life has touched many. He fought his fight to the very end and leave a legacy to all who
fought with him. Kevin Weston FB page: Help Kevin Weston


Two-year-old Sofia was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) in July 2013. Two months later her condition worsened when her JMML transformed itself into Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). She underwent a haploidentical transplant in January. Unfortunately, it was not successful and she has relapsed. Sofia needed a marrow match from an unrelated donor. She was half Hispanic and Caucasian and needed a match with a donor who shared the same background. Due to complications, little Sofia passed away. Please consider registering in honor of Sofia and help patients who are just like her.


Rajesh was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma that can no longer be treated with chemotherapy. He has been advised a stem-cell transplant by his doctors and needs to find a match for a possible cure. Rajesh was born to Fiji Indian parents, he is the eldest of 6 children, none of his siblings match. Rajesh underwent a transplant in summer of 2013. Due to complications he passed away.
He was a wonderful husband and a doting father to his 8 year old daughter. Rajesh was a Genentech Bay Area employee. Please register today to help patients like Rajesh and can have a second chance at life!


Monica was a loving mother, daughter, wife and teacher. She was diagnosed with acute leukemia after a routine pregnancy blood test, which confirmed she was 10 weeks along. After 7 years of trying, she and her husband were devastated to learn that their dream of adding on to their family was shattered. Monica’s cancer was extremely aggressive. She underwent intense chemotherapy and doctors told her she needed a bone marrow transplant for a chance at survival. Monica’s ethnicity is half Korean and half Caucasian, her two siblings were not a match. Despite the odds of finding a compatible Korean or mixed donor, her family and friends never gave up. Monica was able to find a match and underwent a transplant in Fall 2012. Unfortunately, her body could only take so much during her recovery and passed away in spring 2014. You may offer words of support for her family and friend by visiting Operation: Save Monica, here.


Edwin Gonzales (47) was born in Daly City, California, where he resided with his family. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). His best chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, Edwin’s three siblings are not a match and he needed a donor immediately. Edwin was a hardworking individual, who committed his hard work to support his family, especially to his twins, Marcus and Vanessa. His best chance of finding a match would have been from an individual who is Filipino or Asian descent. Please help patients like Edwin who are searching their life saving match! Please consider registering today! Help Ed Live on Facebook


DJ A-DOG, aka Andy, 36, was a master turntablist and party rocker from Burlington, VT. He was a fixture in the underground Hip-Hop/DJ culture for more than 10 years. Andy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in December 2012. He needed a bone marrow transplant for a cure. Because of Andy’s unique ethnicity make-up, Filipino/African American, he faced the challenges of finding a perfect match. Andy’s family and friends hosted marrow registration drives to increase awareness about the need for more mixed race donors to become part of the registry and help increasing the chances of matches for patients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Andy received bone marrow transplant but due to severe complications he passed away December 2013. Learn more about Andy and Andy’s journey, here and here

Sagnik, aka, “Logens”

Sagnik, a.k.a “Logens”, had leukemia. He was diagnosed 2 years ago. Logens was like any other 4 year old, mischievous, energetic, & imaginative. He needed to find bone marrow donor from a South Asian or Asian donor for a chance at beating leukemia. For three years, Logens fought the odds to survive. He received a stem cell transplant in November 2013 with hopes to return home by Christmas. Due to health complications, Logens passed away. Fight Leukemia with Logens! Heartfelt thank yous to supporters and message from Logens’ parents, here


Ron, was diagnosed with Active Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ron was a long time resident of Vacaville. He was hard working and dedicated to serve; he worked with the Department of Defense for 35 years, 4 years as a Chief Warrant in the Army Reserves, and served a tour in the Middle East in 2004. He was a loving husband and father of 2 children. His best chance to defeat his battle lymphoma is with a bone marrow transplant. Since Ron’s siblings and immediate family members were not a match he searched for an unrelated marrow donor with hopes a donor would be available. needed a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. his siblings and immediate family are not a match. Unfortunately, Ron passed away after a long fight. Please register today, you may be the one to help save someone’s life!


Michael, 19, was about to start his first year in college when he was diagnosed with leukemia. As an athlete and football star in high school, Michael wanted a career in phyiscal health and wellness and to one day own a fitness center. Michael was Japanese-Mexican, his uniquie ethnic make up made the search for a suitable donor difficult. Due to health complications, Michael passed away. He was surrounded with love by more than 2 dozen of his family and friends during his last few hours. Please considering becoming a marrow donor to help patients like Michael find a match early in their diagnosis.


Dr Nalini 2 Nalini Ambady was a Stanford University professor and a mom of two daughters in high school. In 2004, Nalini was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenus Leukemia (AML) which is a cancer of the blood. After 8 years in remission, Nalini’s leukemia returned, and this time she needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Her donor must match her, genetically. Nalini’s team, Nalini Needs You, worked hard to educate the community and provide a worldwide awareness, host drives and recruit healthy donors. After a failed search for a perfect match, Nalini went with a cord blood transplant in the summer of 2013. Due to complications, Nalini passed. The number of South Asians in the bone marrow registries is very low and we encourage anyone willing and able to register to help patients like Nalini who are in need of a life saving match. Visit Nalini’s FB page: Help Nalini Now


Jeremy was a precocious little boy, always curious and eager to share new things that he’s learned or discovered. In June 2012, Jeremy was abruptly diagnosed (at age 2) with a rare subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Since diagnosis, Jeremy endured innumerable needle pokes for blood draws, multiple bone marrow biopsies/aspirates, a surgical procedure to place a central line, and several rounds of chemotherapy. Through it all he showed remarkable strength and resilience. Jeremy has touched many people with his beautiful heart and vibrant spirit. Jeremy is Chinese his matching donor needed to be Chinese or Asian descent. After months of undergoing medication and procedures, and searching high and low for a donor, Jeremy found a match and underwent a transplant. Due to complications, little Jeremy lost his battle with leukemia and passed away in September 2013. For more information about Jeremy and to send your thoughts and love to the Kong family, please visit Jeremy Needs You

Jonathan C

Jonathan was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, prolymphocytic leukemia in 2004. Jonathan was in remission while actively looking for a marrow/stem cell match. Unfortunately, none of Jonathan’s siblings were a match and he needed an unrelated donor. Since Jonathan was Filipino he needed to find an unrelated match with someone of the same or similar ethnic background. After a long battle with his cancer, Jonathan passed away in the summer of 2013. You can continue to help other patients who are need of a life saving match, register today!.


Kethan Kumar was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2006 at the age of 4. He underwent 3 years and 2 months of chemotherapy, but unfortunately relapsed 6 months later. He had to endure 2 more years of more intense chemotherapy. Sadly, the more intense chemo could not get rid of his leukemia. 2 months after completing his 2nd round of treatment, he relapsed again in May of 2012. Kethan needed to find a bone marrow match! After months of treatment, Kethan underwent, yet another transplant. Kethan’s recovery was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but his spirits were always positive. The recovery was a very difficult and exhausting phase, Kethan passed away in summer 2013.


First grader, Eduardo (6), was first diagnosed with lymphoma on his head when he was just 3 years old. After numerous rounds of chemotherapy treatments Eduardo reached remission. After three years of being “in the clear”, the Gjijalva family received disheartening news that Eduardo relapsed and diagnosed with leukemia. A bone marrow transplant was his best chance at a cure. His family and only sibling were not a match and searched tirelessly for an unrelated donor. Because of Eduardo’s background, Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, he needed to find a perfect match from a donor of Hispanic/Latino ancestry. Eduardo passed away after a long battle with his sickness. More donors from the Hispanic/Latino community are encouraged to register! You may be the one to save a life of a patient in need.


Kurt, 16, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) last November. He endured four harsh rounds of chemotherapy and experienced hair loss, mouth sores, muscle atrophy, and extensive fatigue. He fought his cancer into remission in mid-May. Unfortunately, he relapsed and his brother was not a match. Kurt is Chinese, which made his search for a compatible donor much more challenging. With his courageous battle with leukemia and support from family and friends, Kurt found a donor and underwent a transplant. Due to complications during his recovery, Kurt passed away. You can send you words of encouragement and prayers to Kurt’s family by visiting his facebook page, here


Ravi, 59, was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome was searching for a bone marrow/stem cell donor from an individual from the South Asian community. Ravi enjoyed playing tennis, table tennis and volunteering in his community. Please consider Registering today as a marrow donor, maybe you could be the one to save life. Send your kind thoughts to Ravi’s family by visiting, Match Ravi on Facebook


In February of 2008, Noah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.). After receiving chemotherapy treatments at the AFLAC Cancer Center at Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, the cancer was in remission at the end of the first month of therapy Noah continued to receive chemotherapy treatments for the next three and half years due to the nature of his leukemia. Unfortunately, April of 2012, Noah’s leukemia had returned. Noah’s best hope for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. Noah is an adoptee from Vietnam, the only child of the Hein family. His best chances of finding a donor from someone who is also Vietnamese. After months of searching, noah found a potential donor and underwent a bone marrow transplant. Due to complications, Noah’s health declined and passed away. For more information about Noah or to send positive thoughts to the Hein family you can visit Noah’s website You can also visit his Facebook page, here.


Kyle just turned 21 before he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Nov. 2011. Kyle attended Solano Community college with the intention of majoring in Computer Information Science. After a difficult battle with his leukemia and no match found, Kyle passed away in Jan 2013. Kyle’s match would have been from someone who is Chinese and/or part Filipino. Please register today to give patients a chance of finding a donor early on in their diagnosis. If you would like to send thoughts and prayers to the Lu/Tan family visit, Life for Kyle


My Nguyen, 14, was only a toddler when she was first diagnosed her with Thalassemia. Since the age of 2, My has relied on blood transfusions to help maintain her health. In 2011, she received a bone marrow transplant at the Bone Marrow Transplant Department, Children Hospital in Texas hospital where she is from. Unfortunately, the bone marrow transplant did not succeed. My’s family was hopeful for another transplant in January 2012, but cannot contact the same benefactors. My’s health severely declined, thus frequent trips to the hospital and overnight stays are made regularly. My and her family searched for another possible match. Unfortunately, My passed away from health complications. Help patients like My find a donor to give them a chance for a healthy life. Register today!


In August 2009, Janet was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (bi-phenotypic) while finishing her bachelor’s degree at UCLA. Janet was a healthy, hardworking, and extremely passionate student who fell victim to blood cancer at only 22-years old. She faced with the daunting task of searching for an unrelated bone marrow donor after doctors revealed that her younger brother and only sibling was not her match. Janet has served as an inspiration to all those who knew her. Her big heart and big smile was something that we all cherished. And although she never fulfilled her dream of being a teacher, she has taught us all one very important lesson: love. Despite battling leukemia for 3 years, she has always found it within her to make her situation more than about herself. Her campaign to raise awareness and advocate for bone marrow donors was for the love of her fellow human. She has certainly taught all of us to love one another, and live each day as if it were our last. After bravely fighting cancer for three years, she has finally found her peace. She is dearly missed. Please take a moment to visit Janet’s cause page on Facebook: Helping Janet Find Her Perfect Match


Saankethi (2) was diagnosed with MDS in April of 2011 in India. After undergoing treatment, the doctors in India suggested that she should be brought to the US to have a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Her newborn brother was not a match. Saankethi and her mother came to America in November of 2011. Saankethi needed a donor before her disease takes a turn for the worse. After battling her disease since she was born, Saankethi passed away peacefully and dearly missed. You can view a full story on India Journal about Saankethi’s search, here


Georgina, 25, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Sézary’s disease (often called Sézary syndrome). Her particular type of cancer affects the t-cells. Georgina is Mexican American and was searching for a marrow/stem cell match. Her search from a possible match from the Hispanic/Latino community was challenging because the percentage of individuals from Hispanic/Latino background listed on the national registry is less than 1%. If you are from a Hispanic, Spanish, Latino background, please consider registering as a bone marrow donor to help patients in dire need of a life saving match and can have a second chance in life.


Zoe, 16 years old was battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Zoe was battling cancer for over a year and inspired many people around her to have a better outlook on life. Zoe passed away in early July, 2012. With her family’s help Zoe created the “So Things Don’t Suck” fund in hopes of helping others battling cancer, her family intends to make her wish come true. Even after her passing Zoe continues to inspire and help others in need, she will be missed.


After being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in June 2007, Matthew underwent chemotherapy for sixteen months. He was in remission until February 2009 when he relapsed. Before his diagnosis, Matthew helped at marrow registration drives to help patients in need of a marrow donor while attending pharmacy school in LA. It was later that Matthew needed to do searching for his own match. Matthew found a donor and received his transplant in September 2010. He has met his donor, who not only donated to Matthew but once again to help save another person’s life. Due to complications, Matthew passed away in May 2012. To learn more about Matthew’s journey visit his blog, here


Sheryl (or Sheri) was diagnosed with AML in 2010. As a life-threatening disease, Sheri and her family and friends immediately searched for a marrow donor for a chance at a long, healthy life. Sheryl was received a transplant in spring 2011. Due to complications, Sheryl passed away. A donation page is set up in memory of Sheryl, here. Your support will continue to bring hope to patients in need of a marrow/stem cell match and bring hope for patients. Visit Sheryl’s caringbridge, here


Sonia, 24, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She was in urgent need for a marrow/stem cell transplant. Sonia’s family and friends formed CURE SONIA, which hosted marrow drives across the nation to increase the number of South Asian donors not only to help Sonia but other patients searching for a marrow/stem cell transplant as well. Sonia underwent a cord blood transplant March in 2011. Unfortunately, due to complications, Sonia passed away.Below is message from her family:
We are beyond heartbroken to tell you that after a long and brave struggle of 15 months, our beloved Sonia passed away on 03/11/2012. She was at peace, passed painlessly, and was surrounded by family and friends who loved her beyond all measure. There are no words that can even begin to express the depth of our tragic loss. She will live forever in our hearts and the exceptional joy that she brought to each and every one of us every day of her life will be always with us.We would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers and for your efforts on her behalf during her long struggle. Among her last wishes was that the efforts that went into the Cure Sonia campaign continue and grow in the hope that other lives will be saved.We are all inspired by Sonia’s courage and fortitude in this battle. She persevered, fought patiently, and had an incredible will. The world is a better place because she lived in it and a worse one because she has left it, but her legacy will be eternal in the lives of all of us who knew and loved her.– Sonia’s Family


Natalie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia (AML) when she was just 7. She had a bone marrow transplant in April 2010 and was in remission for almost a year. Natalie passed away just before the holidays. She left peacefully and will live forever in everyone’s hearts. We will continue to fight for patients like Natalie and help find their bone marrow match.

Chenin Iglowitz

Chenin Iglowitz, was a fearless, creative, and a true “people-person” who enjoyed good times with family and friends and having endless, random conversations. Chenin was a labor and delievery nurse in Ft. Lewis, WA. She was diagnosed with diffuse large B-Cell Lymphoma on Thanksgiving Day 2008 and though she prepared for an autologous transplant she continued to search for an allogeneic matching donor for long-term survival. Her Chinese and Caucasian heritage made her search for a marrow/stem cell donor difficult. Chenin passed away Nov., 2011. She will truly be missed by many and always remembered for her courageous spirit during her fight. Register today in memory of Chenin and to help others in need of a marrow donor.

Teri Li

Teri was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in February, 2010. Her path has traversed multiple rounds of chemotherapy, remission, fruitless worldwide donor search, relapse, near demise from a superbug, resuscitation by an autologous (self) transplant, birth of her first grandchild Jack, and a mismatched haploidentical/umbilical cord transplant on in 2011 and myriad complications. Teri was a fighter, an optimist, and a miracle-seeker. Teri fought to find strength up until the very end, will be missed by family and friends. Please visit her husband’s blog for more info on Teri:

Janice Jang

Janice was diagnosed with CLL in 2003. She was in remission until August, 2005 when she relapsed. She underwent intensive chemo,however her real chance for long-term remission is through a marrow transplant. Janice passed away on May 27, 2011.

Aaden R.

Aaden was diagonsed with a rare type of leukemia, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) type M7, in August 2010. Aaden loved to play with his twin brother, Andy. He had a fighting spirit and did not even know he was sick. Aaden’s best chance to beat the odds of his leukemia was a bone marrow transplant. Aaden is pictured to the left, with his twin brother, was surrounded by his parents and twin brother when he passed away peacefully in April 2011. Till the very end Aaden put up a good fight, and he will no longer have pokes, pains, or suffer. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Ramones family during this difficult time. Please visit their caringbridge journal to send love, thoughts, and good vibes.

Angeline Lau

Angeline was 8 years old living in Huntington Beach, CA. She was diagnosed with AML. Her cancer was controlled well for a while with medication, but then she started her search for a donor. Angeline found a donor and received marrow. Her donor had wanted to send her good wishes and luck in recovering. Unfortunately, Angeline was very weak and she had passed away. Her memory is still alive in those who new her. And although she did not survive, she at least had the chance at living a longer life.

Barry Foon

In 2004 , Barry Foon was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a blood cancer. In an attempt to bring him into remission, he underwent at least 4 rounds of chemotherapy at Stanford. In November 2006, doctors told Barry and his family that his best chance for long-term remission was through a bone marrow transplant. His brothers were not a match. Barry found an unrelated match in February 2007 but was unable to receive his transplant. Barry passed away in April 2007 surrounded by his family.

Barry Pham

Barry was diagnosed with acute biphenotyic leukemia but found and received his cord blood translplan in early 2010. Barry was one tough little guy, fighting each day to live. Barry Quinn Pham passed away at around 1:10am on Thursday August 5th, 2010 at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital after a long and valiant battle with leukemia. He was born on April 9, 2009 and he was barely 16 months old.

Benedict Yen

Ben Yen (55) was born in Taiwan. He was diagnosed with Myelodysplasia. Ben was a professor of pathology at the University of California, San Francisco, and the chief of pathology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. His clinical expertise was in renal pathology and ultrastructural pathlogy. His research lab studies viral hepatitis, especially hepatitis B, which disproportionately affects American minorities, including Asian Americans. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling, wine, and music. He has also been involved in defending the civil liberties of Asian Americans.


Bervin Varughese

Bevin Varughese was diagnosed with ALL(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in January 2004. He has been undergoing treatment since January 2004 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Bevin won the fight and was in remission from April 2004. In Mid-September 2007 Bevin’s cancer had returned. Bevin passed away in February, 2008.

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