Wednesday 17th January 2018,

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10-Month Old Girl Races against Time for a Second Chance at Life

posted by Louis Chan

10-month old Kenza is in need of a bone marrow transplant

By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

A 10-month old Indian Pakistani girl from Dallas is in need of a lifesaving transplant and someone, somewhere holds the keys to her life.

Kenza lives in Dallas Texas and is battling to overcome acute myeloid leukemia.

This adorable little girl’s story has tugged at the heart of thousands and bone marrow drives have been held for her in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and Texas.

Regular readers of AsAmNews know. The person who’s most likely to be a bone marrow match is someone from Kenza’s ethnicity. Ethnic minorities are underrepresented on the marrow registry. That’s why its critical for you to register as a donor.

The process is symbol. They’ll just rub a cotton swab around your tongue. You fill out a brief form and you’re registered.

I registered about 10 years ago and was actually contacted as a possible match. Unfortunately, because I once had a blood clot, I was ruled ineligible and removed from the registry. It would have been a thrill to help save someone life.

The highest population of Indian Americans in the country are in San Jose (6.4%), Trenton, NJ (4.2%), and San Francisco and Newark/Jersey City (2.8%).


Kenza has acute myeloid leukemia (AML)

For information on how you can register as a bone marrow donor, go the the Asian American Donor Program website.

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