Shared Services to hold bone-marrow drive for staffer’s son

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, UC Berkeley May 9, 2014


Staff at Campus Shared Services are holding a bone-marrow drive in coordination with Asian American Donor Program on Wednesday, May 14. The event is on behalf of second-grader Baylor Fredrickson, son of CSS supervisor Robert Fredrickson; it will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the CSS office, 1608 4th Street, Berkeley.

Baylor Fredrickson

Seven-year old Baylor is in desperate need of a bone-marrow match to treat his unusual and aggressive acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).  He is of mixed heritage (Japanese and German), which makes the search for a match more challenging; matches are often, though not always, tied to ethnicity.

Individuals of all heritages are encouraged to take the donor test, which involves filling out a form and providing a mouth swab for the National Bone Marrow Registry.

The CSS match drive is one of a number taking place in the Bay Area in hopes of finding a match for Baylor. Others are planned for the following times and locations:

Saturday, May 10:  Albany High School, 603 Key Route Blvd. (entrance on Thousand Oaks Blvd.), 2-6 p.m.

Sunday, May 11:  Mother’s Day Stroll at Heather Farm Park, 1540 March Banks Dr., Walnut Creek, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, May 17:  Asian Heritage Street Celebration, Larkin and McAllister streets, San Francisco, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Baylor’s story has been featured by a number of Bay Area news outlets, including ABC NewsKRON News and the Contra Costa Times.

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