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Bone Marrow Donor Needed – Be the Match!

by Steve & Carole Sugimoto
January 2021, Volume 71, Issue 1

Sadly, one of our older son's best friends, Paul Goodman, is battling Leukemia for the second time and is in desperate need of a Bone Marrow Match.

For Paul, who is biracial, the ideal match would be a donor who is 50 percent Japanese and 50 percent Caucasian and between the ages of 18 and 44 (due to immune systems).  Please consider registering if you are in the age range and if you haven't already.  You can also help by forwarding this request to your friends, family and coworkers.  If you belong to an organization who would host an online drive, please contact us.  Your actions could save a life!

It takes 5 minutes to complete the registration form and "swab".  Unlike blood, bone marrow is very hard to find a match. Therefore, it is imperative to get as many people as possible registered via a simple at-home mouth swab test.  There is no cost, and all postage is paid for (for those ages 18-44 years).

Please review the material below to understand the bone marrow transplant process.  77% of all transplants are non-surgical and 23% involve an outpatient procedure.  Should you be a match, please be willing to help by way of either process.  

To register: 

  1. Text HOPE4PAUL to 61474 or online at JOIN.BETHEMATCH.ORG/HOPE4PAUL -- A swab kit will be mailed to you.
  2. Swab the inside of your cheek and mail it back.
  3. PLEASE - Spread the word!   


Please send your encouraging words to him on his website: ganbattepaul.com or hope4paul.com. He is unable to receive visitors or cards at this time.

A note from the Goodman Family:

We are so grateful to everyone for the love, support, and encouragement we are receiving daily from family, friends, and the community. Just knowing that everyone is thinking of Paul gives us strength during this challenging time.

 -Greg, Bonnie, Paul, and Laurie.

Thank you!

 Article on Paul:

https://www.rafu.com/2020/12/ocbc-member-seeks-bone-marrow-match/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/102233735138141/posts/102236081804573/

To see the impact of a match, watch Chrissy Kobata's story:  https://youtu.be/7Q-1E5uTT_k