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Mon, Feb 18, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Newlyweds Search for a Bone Marrow Donor


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Courtesy Kevin Weston, Lateefah Simon
Lateefah Simon and Kevin Weston
Courtesy Kevin Weston, Lateefah Simon
Lateefah Simon and Kevin Weston

Last year, Kevin Weston was riding high. He had just won a journalism fellowship at Stanford, and was raising two daughters with his partner Lateefah Simon, a civil rights activist and MacArthur Genius fellow. Then doctors told him he had leukemia, and needed to find a bone marrow donor by the end of the month. But Kevin is African-American -- and African-Americans comprise only 7 percent of registered donors. Kevin and Lateefah join us to share their story. We'll also discuss the low rate of minority donor participation and the long road to a successful transplant.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Kevin Weston, new media journalist and Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University who is seeking a match for a bone marrow transplant
  • Lateefah Simon, wife of Kevin Weston, local civil rights activist and winner of a MacArthur "Genius" grant
  • Jonathan Leong, founder of the Asian American Donor Program
  • Manali Patel, postdoctoral fellow in hematology/oncology at the Stanford School of Medicine and researcher at the Clinical Excellence Research Center, which focuses on innovations in cancer care

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