Bone marrow sought for boy with leukemia

January 21, 2010 12:44:02 PM PST
The Asian American Donor Program has organized a series of bone marrow registration drives in the South Bay as part of an outreach effort to find a positive match for an 8-month-old San Jose boy suffering from leukemia.

Doctors diagnosed Barry Pham with biphenotypic acute leukemia, cancer in the blood and bone marrow, when the infant was just 3-months-old, according to the Asian American Donor Program.

The child's family is looking for a bone marrow donor for their child, who is also undergoing chemotherapy. There is a probability that Pham's match will be of Vietnamese descent, according to the Asian American Donor Program. However, no one in Pham's family is a match.

The first drive will be hosted Thursday at National Semiconductor, a Santa Clara-based company where the boy's mother is an employee.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria building at 2900 Semiconductor Drive. Thus far, more than 100 employees have signed up to register.

This drive will be followed by three public drives on Sunday at the San Jose Sikh Temple, San Jose Canaan Christian Church and San Jose State University Library.

Residents who wish to receive a home test kit should call the Asian American Donor Program at (510) 568-3700 or visit

The test is free, painless and takes about 10 minutes, according to the Asian American Donor Program.