Spring 2011

On Friday,

Februray 25, 2011, AADP hosted
the 4th Annual Laugh for Lives (L4L) Comedy Show at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. AADP was pleased to present a new headliner, Steve Byrne, who was recently featured in his own Comedy Central special. Rounding out the evening were comedians Paul “PK” Kim, Joey Guila, and Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, who doubled as host. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear donor Cao Pham’s story. Cao (pictured right) registered at UC Davis in the spring of 2009 and went on to become a PBSC donor that winter. He encouraged audience members to register during intermission and to spread AADP’s Kabeezy, Cao Pham, & Steve Bryne message. AADP thanks all major LFL sponsors: Audi, Kantors, and Pucci Foods and thank the many co-sponsors for making the evening possible (see, pg 7 for list of co-sponsors). Shout outs to our community sponsors including, AsianWeek, the CW, Visionshock, SFSI, Eventbee, KGO-TV, Kollaboration SF Bay Area, Way Ying Social Club, Charleen Jue, Kim Mayor, Lim and Yabu, and Cure Sonia. Additional thanks to student groups for their assistance with ticket sales. As always, AADP thanks its volunteers for all of their assistance before, during, and after the event. Don’t miss next year’s 5th Annual

Your commitment to being a potential marrow donor is important.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Are you interested in volunteering at drives or in our office? Visit www.aadp.org or email: info@aadp.org

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In this Issue:
Message from AADP ……………………………..2 Community Outreach..………………………....3 What’s New with AADP……………………......2 Event coverage…...……………………………....6 Tribute……………….…………………………………..6 Patients and Patient Updates………………4,5

Laugh for Lives, Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Palace
of Fine Arts.
By Mellisa Kim

(Steve Bryne, Kabeezy, Paul “PK” Kim, & Joey Guila)

Quarterly Report on AADP’s Fiscal Year
For the past 21 years, AADP has been committed to its mission of helping to save lives of patients with life-threatening blood diseases curable by marrow/stem cell transplants. AADP continues to increase awareness in Northern California and Bay Area communities about the crucial need for more minorities on the national registry.

AADP recruited almost 10,000 minority donors in the first two quarters! (1st quarter- 4596 minority donors, 2nd quarter- 5098 minority donors). We’d like to send special thanks to our awesome volunteers, college student groups, long term supporters, and hard-working recruiters. On March 1st, our team received the “Fast Start Award” from NMDP at the national meeting in Minneapolis. We will continue to raise awareness and recruit donors in the communities. Thank you for your continuous support and we welcome any drive ideas. AADP's award by NMDP

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Ruby Law,
Recruitment Director

My name is Jhonatan Paredes, I am Peruvian, and yes that is how my name is spelled. I am a recent graduate of UC Davis, where I majored in Psychology and Sociology. I'm the new Hispanic/Latino Outreach Coordinator, taking over for the extremely organized Mellissa Bixler. My plan is to build upon Ms. Bixler's Hispanic/ Latino outreach, which is quite a feat in itself. I hope to extend the name of AADP through this demographic, and specially to get rid of the myths surrounding the process of bone marrow donation. Feel free to email or call me if you have any ideas on how to meet this goal: paredes@aadp.org

Thank You
To all our sponsors who helped make AADP events possible

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Know(ledge) “donation”, Know(ledge) you can save a life.
James de Lara

In the Filipino community, we desperately need to increase

awareness of the importance on becoming a potential bone marrow/stem cell donor. Many Filipino Americans in the Bay Area still carry misconceptions about becoming a potential bone marrow/stem cell donor. Common misconceptions are that donating is a very painful procedure or that donating can weaken your immune system; both are inaccurate. We are currently trying to dispel these misconceptions from the Filipino community by actively engaging Filipino Americans of all ages and backgrounds to become a potential donor. AADP is working with a number of Filipino patients who are currently looking for their life-saving transplant. It is imperative that the Filipino community should register with the Be the Match Registry to give Filipino patients that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disease a chance at life! Want to help? Have ideas? Contact James de Lara at James@aadp.org.

College and Campus drives… THANK YOU!
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UC Berkeley Santa Clara State University UC Santa Cruz UC Davis San Francisco State University American Nursing College CSU Sacramento CSU Chico Los Medanos College De Anza Community College Unitek, Fremont USC, Sacramento extension University of the Pacific, Stockton University of San Francisco City College of San Francisco SJSU, Sigma Chi

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Ohlone Community College, APASA UC Merced Cal Northstate, College of Pharmacy St. Mary’s College Berkeley City College San Jose State University Stanford University DeVry, Fremont Evergreen Valley College Saratoga High School Stratford Duvenech School International School of the Peninsula, Cohn & Cowper campus Pacific Ballet Academy La Canada College, Redwood City

Why hello there, VOLUNTEERS!
AADP is grateful for all of our dedicated volunteers—at drives, events, and in the office. More than 1250 hours combined have been accumulated by our volunteers for this fiscal year. We are always amazed at how hard-working these students are and how much compassion and interest they show towards AADP. We appreciate the references they give to their friends—the more the merrier and the more AADP education and awareness we can produce. Thank you for helping us get the job done! For more information about internships, volunteering, and becoming involved, visit www.aadp.org
Jennie Chen, Michelle Chan and Amy Quan (left) and Kristine Chin (above) are some of our frequent office volunteers.

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Bhakti South Asian


Chris Ishida Japanese/Caucasian

Connor, Korean X-linked Hyper IGM

Tevita, Samoan/Tonga Aplastic Anemia

Severe Aplastic Anemia

Aplastic Anemia

Hannah, Korean Akshay, South Asian

Teri, Chinese


Multiple Myeloma

Sanjana, South Asian

Leukemia, MDS type

Christian Chinese

Aplastic Anemia

Todd Vietnamese

Multiple Myeloma

Jamison, Filipino

Aplastic Anemia

Amy, Chinese

Fanconi Anemia
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NICO, a 13-year-old boy living in California, has been fighting leukemia for over 5 years. To stay alive, he urgently needs a stem cell or bone marrow transplant from a donor who is genetically compatible with him. (Nico's mother is Korean.) Currently, there is no one on the donor registry who matches Nico. Thousands of people with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma are in urgent need of a blood stem cell or marrow transplant in order to survive. Every year, over 10,000 patients are desperately searching the registry for a match. In honor of Nico, please consider registering to be a potential marrow or stem cell donor (either online, right now, or at an upcoming donor drive -- visit AADP’s website). This precious gift could possibly save Nico's life or that of another patient like him. Donors of Asian and mixed AsianCaucasian ethnicity are particularly needed, as someone from these ethnic populations would be the best match for Nico!
By Debbie Nguyen

Patient Updates
Sonia, Jonathan, Thao-Quyan, Sheri, Amanda, and Patrick are in remission or recovering from their recent transplant. Please visit www.aadp.org for more patient updates.

Why it is important to be a committed donor?
Once you have registered to become a potential donor, it is important for you to be stay in touch with AADP. Clear communication with us reinforces your commitment to our lifesaving mission. By staying connected, you can easily update your personal information. In addition, you can receive news about AADP's upcoming volunteer opportunities, special events, and registration drives. If a you become a potential match for a patient, it is very important for us to get in touch with you! It would be detrimental to our program if we could not contact potential donors who has come up as a match. Patients are immediately informed when the transplant center locates a suitable match, although they are not given any personal information about the potential donor due to privacy laws. By being a committed donor, we can avoid providing false hope to patients by successfully locating their life-saving match. Be a committed donor and stay connected!

Ways to stay committed:
 Be readily available: Update your

contact information; it is important we can contact you when you turn up as a match for a patient.

Ask questions: Clear up any lingering questions you have about being a potential donor. Encourage others, be involved: Let others know that you are registered as a potential donor and why. Volunteer at AADP drives or attend our events. Follow us on our social media networks.

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In September, AADP held its Fourth Annual Barry Foon Celebrity Golf Tournament at
Ruby Hill Golf Club in Livemore, CA. The day began with a putting contest, won by Ben Stewart and Roger Fernando, and was followed by a ceremonial toast to signal the shotgun start. Golfers encountered a variety of additional contests along the course, including a chance to win a BMW with a hole-in-one at Hole 6. At Hole 13, golfers were greeted by Kristi Yamaguchi. Team 47 (Fernando Azevado, Greg Ford, Mike Tan, and Alex Yu) succeeded in beating the celebrity team. Jerry Klein won “Closet to the Pin” at Hole 17; Sashi Iwashita had the “Longest Drive” at Hole #9; “Most Accurate Drive” went to Bob Arnold at Hole 7.The afternoon’s tournament was followed by dinner and both silent and live auctions, emceed by NBC Bay Area’s weekend anchor, Diane Dwyer. AADP would like to thank Vida Blue, Jim Barr, Fred Breining, Darren Lewis, Bret Hedican, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Diane Dwyer, for their participation. Further thanks to corporate sponsors NetApp, Toyota, Comcast, Copart, Palmer Electric, Inc., Montgomery Lands, Inc., Pension Benefit Consultants, Café Sun, and Gene Wong. AADP thanks the many donors who contributed to the silent and live auctions. Thanks also go to Lisa Foon, Burt Foon, Chris Lam, Les Kyono, and Ruby Hill Golf Club. And special thanks to the many volunteers from NetApp, whose assistance helped to make the tournament a success.
Be sure to join AADP for its Fifth Annual Barry Foon Celebrity Golf Tournament, to be held on Monday, September 19, 2011, at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Livermore, CA.
By Mellisa Kim

Our high school volunteers from Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose put on a great show on April 8, 2011. Winnie Nguyen worked with LeeAnn Nerpio and Alan Nguyen to organize this event from the ground up; she wanted to create a show that would appeal to her peers and at the same time create a sense of awareness for marrow donation in her multi-ethnic community. She came up with “SAVIOUR,” a benefit concert filled with talented Youtube performers including American Idol star Andrew Garcia, dance group Pikmin, and singer Jenny Suk. Winnie and her team worked to set this entire event up from beginning to end, and all of the proceeds from ticket sales went to AADP. We raised over $1,000 with this event, and we want to thank Winnie, her friends, and the community at Evergreen Valley High School for making it happen!
By Debbie Nguyen Debbie with EVHS students Alan, Winnie, and LeeAnn.
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On April 23, 2011, AADP attended the 4th Annual Miss Teen Asia Sacramento pageant in honor of Katie Cramer, former Miss Teen Sacramento Second Princess and AADP searching patient. Born in China, Katie was adopted by an American family. She was diagnosed with AML in 2006. Just a few days after Katie was crowned Second Princess last year, she was informed by her physician that her leukemia had come back. Katie was very strong and battled her leukemia to the very end. She passed away in January 2011. In honor of Katie, her family and friends continue to encourage people to register as potential marrow donors, and they work tirelessly to help spread awareness of the importance of the registry in saving lives . The Cramer family presented the first “Spirit of Katie Cramer” award to contestant, Miss Simone Sarmiento, First Princess Miss Teen Asia Sacramento who best exemplified Katie's strong spirit and scholastic achievement. According to Katie’s mom, Sherrie, “Simone possessed many of the same attributes Katie showed us - especially during the last year of her life - those attributes being courage and strength in the face of trials, hope for brighter days ahead, and a willingness to be a positive role model for those who look to her for leadership.” AADP will always remember Katie and patients who fought for their lives until the very end. They are a constant reminder to AADP’s mission.
By Sandy Zhou

In Loving Memory

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LFL 2011 Co-Sponsors: San Francisco Asian  Café Sun Peace Officers  Mission Bay Dental Care Association  Karen Yee & JML Patrick & Darlet Lin Buiders Citizens For Better  Pension Benefit Community Consultant Profood  Pandora Karaoke Bar Legends Bar  Imajean Events Vision Shock  California Mortgage OneTrueSoul Corporation East West Bank
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Updated by Carol Gillespie, Executive Director

Fund a Match

Outreach/Recruitment – Pay it Forward
AADP is faced with the challenge of finding and enrolling individuals into the Be the Match Registry, who are committed to making a difference. It is our goal to give the chance to register to everybody who is able and willing to do so – especially in the minority community. It is also our goal to eliminate any obstacles for these individuals to join. In past years, the cost to tissue type a donor has prohibited and discouraged some from joining the registry. It costs $100 in lab fees to enter one donor into the Be the Match Registry. This cost is now paid for by a combination of donations from the community and a grant from the HRSA. However, these funds are not inexhaustible. We need more help from the community and individuals like you to continue to make donor registration accessible to everyone. For the next Fiscal Year 2011, AADP needs to raise at least $62,500 to help fund the registration cost of donors wishing to join the registry. Your donation can help us make sure that the cost to register as a donor is never an obstacle for anyone.

Education Materials & Retention Projects
AADP prints and publishes brochures, videos and flyers that help us demonstrate both the importance and the ease of participation in the registry. Retention projects are ongoing throughout the year as a reminder that you are a registered potential donor and as a way to keep donors committed should they be called upon as possible matches. ($1,840/year)

Web-Site Development
AADP refreshes, changes and updates our website to keep you interested, keep more people informed and to keep our services easily accessible and efficient. ($2,800/2 years)

Processing and Maintenance Fees
We are currently under funded and turning away potentially life-saving umbilical cord blood donors. However, we still need to cover the cost of already stored Cord Blood Units ($2,400/year)

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