Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Bone Marrow Transplants
January 11, 2012 11:10:09 PM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

January 8, 2012
Bone Marrow Transplants
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell, or other life-threatening diseases. Sadly, many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor.

According to the National Marrow Donor Program, 10,000 people, or 70% of patients, do not have a donor in their families. So, they have to find an unrelated donor in order to save their lives. Only half eventually receive a marrow transplant. One barrier is finding the perfect match.

Signing up for the donor registry is easy. Just fill out an application and complete a cheek swab. If you are called to donate, you will be saving a life! Donation process is fast; it's either an extraction of marrow from your hip or a process similar to donating blood.

Studio Guests

Kyle Crawford
Needs a bone marrow transplant

David Crawford
Kyle's Father

Angie Kwan Crawford
Kyle's Mother

Michael Amylon, MD
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Stanford University
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Co-Founder, Camp Okizu

Ruby Law
Recruitment Director
Asian American Donor Program
1-800-59-DONOR (36667)

Flower Miller
Bone Marrow Donor

Upcoming Marrow Drive for Kyle Crawford

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics
558 Clayton Street, San Francisco
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Other Local Marrow Drives:

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Oakland Chinatown Renaissance Plaza
388 -- 9th Street, Oakland
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Broadway Prime Fundraiser
1316 Broadway Avenue, Burlingame
5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please Note: The Friday, Jan. 13 marrow drive at Skyline High School is being rescheduled. Here is another marrow drive:
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Milpitas Public Library, Study Group Room A
160 North First St.
Milpitas, CA 95035
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a full list of marrow drives, visit:

You may request that a home kit be mailed to you by phoning 1-800-593-6667 or by visiting

Where To Donate Cord Blood:

Donating umbilical cord blood is a generous gift from you and your baby that may change someone else's life. Two local hospitals that actively collect cord blood for donation to public cord blood banks for listing on the Be The Match Registry®, where they are available to any patient in need of a transplant. The public cord blood banks working with these hospitals are part of the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) Network of banks. (The NMDP operates Be The Match®.)

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Oakland)
StemCyte Inc.
(626) 646-2500, (866) 389-4659

Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto)
M.D. Anderson Cord Blood Bank
(713) 563-8000, (866) 869-5111

Public cord blood banks cover the costs to collect, test and store umbilical cord blood. Because of funding limitations, it is not possible to donate cord blood at every hospital.

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