A recent story in CTLatinoNews.com about Joan Luna Zayas, of Meriden, who has just two months to find a donor for a a bone marrow transplant, brought a number of responses from our readers who asked for more information on becoming a donor.
Unfortunately, the lack of finding a match for Zayas and other Latinos is not unusual.
“Latino and Hispanic patients can have a harder time finding a donor than other patients. Patients are most likely to match people who share their heritage. Today, fewer than 940,000 (only 10%) in a registry of 11 million members are Hispanic or Latino heritage,” said Patricia Fernandes, a recruiter for The Icla da Silva Foundation the largest recruitment center for the Be The Match Registry in the United States.
Many like Zayas, have to appeal to …