Peninsula Family Searches For Bone Marrow Donor - NBC Bay Area

Peninsula Family Searches For Bone Marrow Donor

A bone marrow transplant is only called for in severe cases of Aplastic anemia.



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    This little boy is very sick and the only thing that will make him better is a bone marrow transplant.

    A peninsula family is in a life-and-death battle to save their little boy. And they are getting some much needed help from the little boy's preschool.

    Four-year-old Kyle Crawford was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia last week. Aplastic anemia is a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    Kyle needs a bone marrow transplant and may die without it, according to his school.

    While Kyle fights for his life at Stanford's Lucille Packard, his teachers at Serendipity Preschool are setting up a way to get people tested to see if they might be a bone marrow match.

    A would-be-donor must be half Chinese and half Caucasian.

    So far two testing days have been set up in January. One at the school and one at a clinic in San Francisco.

    The school sent out a note to parents and to NBC Bay Area hoping to get more attention to the story.

    In part it read, "As parents in our community, if there has ever been a time to come together and help salve the life of little boy, now is that time. With a heavy heart, please help spread the word to finding a potential donor for Kyle."

    The Asian American Donor Program is also promoting Kyle's plight. It has a page dedicated to the peninsula child.

    The AADP page notes that Kyle was born special on 7/7/07. He's apparently a mean Angry Bird gamer with a passion for super heroes.

    If you are half Chinese/ half Caucasian, below is the donor drive information. Testing is free, quick and easy. They just take a sample of saliva from your cheek.

    Date: Saturday January 7th
    Time: 11am - 2pm
    Location: Serendipity School - 3172 Clearview Way, San Mateo, CA 94402

    Date: Saturday January 14th
    Time: 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, 558 Clayton Street, San Francisco, CA 94103