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The Tech Museum and the Asian American Donor Program team up to tackle critical shortage of bone-marrow donors

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The alarming lack of ethnic bone-marrow registrants worldwide means minority patients suffering from life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and other blood disorders face limited prospects of finding a donor with matching bone marrow tissue type. But this weekend The Tech Museum and the AADP hope to reverse the troubling paucity of Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, African American and Native American donors during a first-ever partnership to contend with the life-or-death issue. WHAT: Major AADP drive to sign up new minority donors for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA WHEN: 11a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12th WHY: Bone marrow transplants can save lives. The more ethnic registrants, the more chance there is of survival for patients who are in need of transplants for over 50 diseases including leukemia, aplastic anemia, severe combined immune deficiency, sickle cell anemia and radiation poisoning. At any given time, there are over 6,000 patients searching for a marrow donor match. *** To read more about two local patients, visit and Family members and friends of Tami Schwartz and Matthew Nguyen will be at the donor drive and available for media interviews. About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit About the Asian American Donor Program Based in Alameda, Ca., and serving northern California, the AADP is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the availability of potential stem cell donors for patients with life-threatening diseases curable with a stem cell transplant. AADP was the first recruitment group in the country to conduct community - and ethnic-minority focused marrow/blood stem cell drives. It is affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program and the Be the Match Registry. AADP, a 20-year-old nonprofit organization, conducts donor drives throughout Northern California. Contacts: Roqua Montez Senior Manager Public Relations (408) 795-6225 Asia Blume Recruitment Director AADP 510-568-3700 ext 100