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Montgomery County mother advocates for minority bone marrow donors

Vivian Chen is lobbying for minority bone marrow donors to come forward in her fight against acute myeloid leukemia.

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Vivian Chen is lobbying for minority bone marrow donors to come forward in her fight against acute myeloid leukemia.

Vivian Cheng Larson is a 44-year-old Montgomery County mother with a rambunctious 3-year-old named Chase who is looking for minority bone marrow donors.

She is a full-time healthcare provider battling acute myeloid leukemia, writes Heather Grubola 6abc.

For many, a bone marrow transplant is their best hope for a cure, but finding a match is difficult, especially if you are Asian, Black or Latino American.

Larson is now receiving chemotherapy, but if that doesn’t work, she will need a bone marrow transplant.

“It is the kindness of strangers that will get me through this uphill battle,” she said.

She fights against a lower chance of finding a match due to her ethnic background.

About half, 49 percent, of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander patients do not have a matched blood stem cell donor on the National Marrow Donor Program registry.

The number rises to 52 percent for Latino patients and 71 percent for African American patients.

“I hope to not only raise awareness, but also inspire people to take action,” she said.

To sign up for the registry, go online or click on Vivian’s link at BetheMatch.org. You can also text the code teamvivianpa Unpleasant 61474.

Read more about Vivian Cheng’s search for minority bone marrow donors on 6abc.