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Target demographics: increase availability of potential stem cells donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a stem cell transplant.

Programs: Asian American Donor Program conducts outreach and education in the diverse Asian Pacific community of the need for stem cell donors. There are two main recruitment and education programs 1) marrow/peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) 2) umbilical cord blood stem cells (UCB).

Marrow and PBSC donors are educated and recruited using the same strategic method that we have improved upon over the years. With the assistance from religious institution leaders, community based leaders, fraternities or sororities, festival organizers, and health conference organizers, AADP is invited to make presentations with educational materials and set up a donor tissue typing drive in order to register individuals interested in joining the NMDP Registry. Language specific education materials are produced and available.

Umbilical Cord Blood: In an effort to raise awareness about this simple and effective way of saving lives, AADP is now in the process of developing a free seminar series around this topic. Our vision is to offer these seminars to the public on an ongoing basis and to use them as an arena for both educating and recruiting the assistance of parents-to-be. We are designing an informational video as well as written educational materials, which will be distributed to seminar attendees and other interested parties. Targeted Obstetricians in the Bay Area will promote and make available educational materials about AADP's Umbilical cord blood stem cell bank.

Stem cell extraction from umbilical cord blood is the latest and most effective method to date for treating potentially fatal blood-related diseases in children. Although certainly not intended to replace the traditional methods of bone marrow and stem cell extraction, the cord blood approach does promise a variety of benefits over these other methods.

Since its inception back in 1989, the Asian American Donor Program has worked to increase the number of stem cell donors, available to individuals of Asian descent. Inspired by the National Marrow Donor Program''s (NMDP) noticeable lack of registered Asian-American donors (namely, only 123 at the time AADP was first established!), the founders of AADP stepped forward in the hopes of helping to meet this medical need. Through a combination of educational materials, adult marrow/stem cell drives and fund-raising events, AADP successfully has recruited over 75,000 Asian-American donors, since that time. By continually seeking out, supporting, and employing the latest, most advanced procedures for stem cell collection, AADP serves as a leader in assisting Asian-Americans, who have been diagnosed with a variety of life-threatening illness, including leukemia and multiple myeloma, which only can be treated with some form of stem cell transplant. Umbilical Cord blood transplant, the newest source of stem cells, marrow stem cell transplants and Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplants.

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My niece was diagnosed with ALL at age 15, went into remission with chemo then received a secondary diagnosis of CML which required a bone marrow transplant. While waiting for a donor match, our family became aware of the role AADP plays in the Asian community to increase the donors on the registry... more »
I started interning at AADP this summer after learning about the organization from a friend and am proud to be a part of the team. Our mission to save lives and the work we do speaks for itself, but what I see everyday working with the staff and seeing all of the hard work that is put into this ... more »
In 2012, my brother was diagnosed with ALL at the age of 24. AADP reached out to us and ran an entire campaign to register potential donors. Our family had no idea what we were doing-it was AADP that provided the materials, network, training, and support that gave my brother a chance. Their staff ... more »
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