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The Gift of Life: 21 year-old Cancer Patient in Desperate Need of Life-Saving Marrow Transplant

PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES), in partnership with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), will conduct a marrow and blood stem cell donor drive at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles on April 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Each year, thousands of children and young adults are faced with the frightening diagnosis of leukemia, aplastic anemia and other life-threatening diseases. For these patients a marrow or blood stem cell transplant may offer the best hope for a cure.

Julissa Sanchez, a 21-year-old Los Angeles resident, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) in 1994. She is now in desperate need of a life-saving marrow transplant. Left without any compatible matches in her family, she is turning to PADRES and the NMDP for a potential donor. Her family is calling on residents of Southern California to open their hearts and bring hope to thousands of children and young adults like Julissa.

Latino donors are encouraged to participate. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and in good health. After completing a brief health questionnaire, volunteer donors will give a small sample of blood and sign a consent form.

The Blood Marrow Drive will take place at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles which is located at 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Celebrating 20 years of service to its community, PADRES has served 3,200 families and more than 16,000 extended family members residing in the Southern California region. Founded in 1985, PADRES Contra El Cáncer (PADRES) is the only Latino organization of its kind in the United States to bring together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders. The success of PADRES’ unique and inclusive program model is premised upon a health and education curriculum designed to be culturally-relevant, family-centered and community-based. All PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from all races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. For more information visit

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