One year after cancer diagnosis, Bay Area girl continues to highlight need for Asian bone marrow donors
Myla Cunanan, 11, right, shows her iPhone to mom Leyna while in her room at UCSF. Myla, a Filipino-American, has myeloid sarcoma and is in need of a bone marrow donor. However, Myla’s ethnicity has made it difficult to find a compatible donor.
Beneath several blankets and a stuffed giraffe in her UC San Francisco hospital bed, 11-year-old Myla Cunanan is resting after a morning of dialysis to treat a kidney-related complication from her bone marrow transplant last year.Myla is sedated and tired, but not enough to silence her spritely personality.“Mom, you put the cover on backwards!” she exclaimed, disassembling her iPhone from its case and flipping it around as her mother, Leyna Cunanan, laughed and lovingly stroked the hand of her youngest daughter.“She makes us all brave around her,” Leyna said of her daughter. “She knows that there is a purpose for her for being here.”