December 5, 2006
Child with Leukemia in Need of Help
A public service announcement:
I would like to ask for help to further our efforts in finding a Bone Marrow Donor for Harrison Leonardo.
Harrison Leonardo, a two-year old boy who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
His father, OJ Padua Leonardo, is a San Francisco Fire Department firefighter.
His mother, Stephanie Isaacson, is a public affairs representative with Pacific Gas and Electric. He has a baby brother named Lucas.
Harrison is fighting Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a form of cancer. He was diagnosed in early 2006 and went into remission in August. He relapsed just before Thanksgiving and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. None of his immediate family members are suitable donors. Finding a suitable donor is particularly difficult because he is bi-racial (Filipino and Caucasian).
Potential donors must have nearly the same human Leukocyte Antigens ( HLA) types as Harrison. These antigens are inherited characteristics, meaning the best chance of finding an unrelated donor is someone with a similar ethnic background. HLA typing takes less than 15 minutes, involves a simple cheek swab and there is no cost for ethnic minorities.
There is a shortage of ethnic minorities registered in the National Donor Programs, a data base of potential donors.
We are asking those of similar backgrounds to please rise up to the occasion and help little Harrison with his battle against leukemia. They can find a location for testing at http://www.marrow.org
Please forward this information to anyone who you think may want to help. We appreciate your support.
If you have any questions, you can reach me directly
Cell phone: 510-828-4689
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