January 18, 2012
It is one of those times when we as Asian Americans need to band together in order to help a fellow Asian American in need of some help.
Kyle Crawford, a 4-year-old San Mateo resident, suffers from a rare disease called—aplastic anemia. It prevents his body from making new blood cells and if he does not receive a bone-marrow transplant he has little chance of living a long life.
What makes this difficult is the fact that he is mixed—Chinese and white; finding him a donor match is already hard to do especially since there is short number of biracial and Asian donors in the national bone marrow donor registry, said by the nonprofit Asian American Donor Program.
The first drive held last weekend stimulated 570 potential donors and more than half of them were mixed race.
But Kyle is still need of assistance, and the nonprofit Asian American Donor Program is asking everyone to attend this Saturday’s drive from noon to 3 p.m. at Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, at 558 Clayton Street in San Francisco.
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McDonald’s commemorates the Year of the Dragon
In honor of the New Year, McDonald’s will unveil their special calendar with artwork created by Asian American artists. “McDonald’s Year of the Dragon” calendars will be accessible for a limited time only for McDonald’s Family Pavilion visitors at various Asian festivals.
BiJian Fan, an Asian American artist and paper sculptor expressed his gratitude for being chosen as one of the featured artists. “McDonald’s has offered me an opportunity to celebrate my heritage and express my creativity in a significant way.”
According to the Directors of Ethnic Marketing, McDonald’s USA, Vivian Chen, this calendar is an ongoing tradition by the McDonald’s corporation.
“McDonald’s has been a long-time supporter of the Asian American community, embracing its culture and heritage,” said Chen. “Through the Year of Dragon calendar project, McDonald’s continues to celebrate achievement through artistic talent while encouraging young artists to bring their imagination to life.”