Celebrities show support, make push for bone marrow donations

ALAMEDA, CA — Six months ago, quarterback Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots to a comeback Super Bowl championship, bringing joy and happiness to Patriots fans everywhere.
And with the new season just around the corner, Brady is doing the same but this time for families in need.

This is Krissy Kobata. In 2008 she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and has been in need of a bone marrow donor.

Kobata is a friend of Brady’s agent, Don Yee, which lead to Brady sharing this post with his four million fans on Facebook.
Other prominent figures have followed Brady’s lead.

NFL head coach for the New Orleans Saints, “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” actress Chloe Bennet, and the fighting Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao have tweeted out Brady’s post to help raise awareness.

Fil-Am outreach coordinator of the Asian American donor program, Mylanah Yolangco, says the celebrity response is greatly appreciated.

“This really shows the impact of a Filipino individual can make in the community, not just in ours but in the global community,” said Yolangco.

Kobata will be receiving a donation from her brother, thanks to the advances in medicine — much like how Sacramento Fil-Am pathologist Lisa Evangelista received a donation from her sister.

Any questions/information about being a bone marrow donor, visit  www.aadp.org.

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