Bone Marrow Drive Seeks To Save Life Of Local Man

The Asian American Donor Program is holding a bone marrow drive in San Francisco tonight to encourage residents to become potential donors, with the added goal of saving the life of a 29-year-old Bay Area man.

Tonight’s drive is the third in a series aimed at getting more donors to join the national registry.

Medical patients who are not Caucasian are more likely to die of leukemia and other blood cancers because of a shortage of donors of other ethnicities, according to the Asian American Donor Program.

For 29-year-old Ryan Manansala (photo above, center), tonight’s bone marrow drive could be life-saving.

Manansala, who is Filipino, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia on Jan. 31, 2012. He was unable to find a matching donor, and received a cord blood transplant in the summer of 2012, bone marrow drive organizers said.

However, Manansala relapsed and urgently needs a marrow donor this time, according to the donor program. None of his immediate family members is a marrow match.

The bone marrow drive will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the HackCancer symposium at 1650 Owens St. in San Francisco.

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