At the age of 5, Ava was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia. Sadly, Ava was never able to find a donor match on the marrow registry. Her family and doctors decided on another treatment option, a cord blood transplant. After transplant, Ava relapsed. She passed away in January of 2017.
Throughout her treatment, Ava never stopped smiling. She was always in giving mode, even from her hospital bed.
Today, Ava’s family wants to make sure her story, her spirit, and her legacy live on. In honor of Ava, they ask that you join the marrow registry.
Because Ava was Korean and Taiwanese, it was especially hard for her to find a perfect match. Ava’s family wants to spread awareness that ethnicity matters when it comes to marrow donations—and how important it is for those with different ethnic backgrounds—including Asian heritage—to sign up.
We’ll ask you a series of questions about your medical history to see if you meet basic qualifications.
We’ll need to get a sample of your DNA. Your kit should arrive in about 3-7 business days.
It’s easy – just swab your cheek and mail the DNA sample back to us to complete your registration.
Because of the genetic complexity of matching donors to patients, it could be weeks, months or years before you’re contacted to donate.
Be ready if you’re contacted as a match. If called, you’re a patient’s best genetic match from the entire registry and perhaps their only hope for a cure.