Fremont man fighting leukemia seeks bone marrow donor match

This was a tough interview. Kevin Ching was one of the nicest guys I’ve talked to in a long time. And he seems to be handling his fight with leukemia with as much grace, courage and humor as possible:

FREMONT — People suffering from life-threatening diseases often are faced with a nightmarish race against the clock, and Kevin Ching is stuck in such a heart-wrenching scenario. The Fremont man has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone-marrow transplant soon. But the shortage of Asian donors makes his search even more problematic: Such matches usually come from people of the same ethnicity.

Ching, 37, was born in Taiwan and his bone marrow donor likely would be of Chinese or Asian descent. If he doesn’t find a match soon, doctors have told him he may not live long past his 40th birthday.

“They haven’t said when exactly it will be too late,” he said. “But there will be a time at some point when it won’t look too good for me.”

Ching, a software engineer, is married and his wife, Ying, is pregnant with their second daughter. Their first child, Dawna, is 16 months old.

He is getting assistance from the Asian American Donor Program, a nonprofit group devoted to boosting the number of medical donors for Asian patients. Currently, just 7 percent of the nation’s 10.5 million registrants are of Asian or South Asian descent.

Ruby Law, the Alameda-based organization’s recruitment director, said the program holds donation drives throughout the Bay Area to increase the pool of registrants.

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Chris DeBenedetti

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