Bone marrow drive planned on April 20

The Maui News

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry is holding a drive April 20 to find a match for an 8-year-old Kula boy in need of a transplant.

The drive will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Tavin Hashimoto had been cancer free after enduring six months of chemotherapy once he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on March 17, 2017. Nearly one year later, his cancer returned and his family is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Those interested in registering must be 18 to 44 years old, meet the registry’s health guidelines and be willing to donate to anyone in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Registering is painless. It takes about 10 minutes to fill out a form, answer a few health questions and complete the mouth cheek swab process.

No blood is collected at bone marrow donor drives.

People also can register online at join.bethematch.org/tavintuff.

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