Leukemia patients seeks marrow match

(KTSF by Sean Au)

A 21 year old man from Fairfield, Kyle Lu, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in November last year and needs to find a bone marrow donor. His mother is also helping to organize donor drives at her work place and her community.

Kyle Lu will be turning 22 next month, and was planning on leaving the hospital today but the trip was cancelled today because he has developed a fever and has to remain in the hospital for observation.

Kyle Lu is a student of Solano Community College, majoring in Computer Information Science. He also works part time at a grocery store. One day last November as he returned home from work, his headache became severe and red spots appeared on his feet. After a series of tests, Lu was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He put school on hold and started a series of chemotherapy.

Without a bone marrow transplant, Lu is in and out of the hospital, suffering from infections, and even had to stay in an Intensive Care Unit for 11 days in April. Lu’s father is Chinese and his mother is Filipino-Chinese. There are fewer Asian donors in the bone marrow donor’s registry, which makes finding a match for Asian or mixed Asian leukemia patients more difficult than patients of other ethnicities.

Lu loves to cook and had initially aspired to be a chef, but a computer class last year changed that. He now wants to work in computer animation or video editing.

“Ever since he is young, I have raised him to always think of other people before himself,” says Jocelyn Tan-Gonzales, Lu’s mother. “He is always like that. He will think of other people before himself.” She is currently working with the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) to organize donor drives, including one at her workplace.

The AADP organizes regular donor drives throughout the month of August in various Bay Area cities. People who are interested in registering in the donor’s registry can also request a home-kit to be sent to them to sign up.

Details on the donor drives and can be found at the AADP website: aadp.org

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