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Newlyweds Search for a Bone Marrow Donor

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 (Courtesy Kevin Weston, Lateefah Simon)

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.

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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