PBA vs LAPD game, in search of bone marrow match for sick Fil-Am officer

CARSON, CA — It was a full court match up between former PBA players and Los Angeles police officers, in hopes of finding a bone marrow match for Filipino American police officer Matt Medina. 

Medina, who works in LAPD’s Harbor Division as a gang prevention officer, was diagnosed less with acute anemia two months ago, and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. 

“Any time we are in this position where we can help the community get together with the law enforcement, and when we can do it and reach that goal together, that’s all that matters,” said Arleen Bocajita from the LAPD.

The family of officer Matt Medina was in the stands.

They’ve been working with A3M to do bone marrow drives at community events, hoping that the cheek-swabs can eventually lead to a bone marrow donor for Medina. 

In about two months the registry, which has had a low number of Filipinos, has brought out about a thousand more registrants. 

 “Matt’s been good, he’s been in high spirits. We’re both thankful for everyone that wants to help us,” said his wife Angelee.

Former PBA All star and Champion Yves Dignadice puts on this basketball tournament annually, as part of Carson’s Philippine Independence Day festivities. This year, the game that brought out 10 retired players, and was special as they rallied around Medina. 

 “It’s fun,” said Yves Dignadace. “This is only time that we can get to see each other. 

 Just like the police officers who scored over a hundred points, there’s no letting up for the Medina family and A3M. They’ve been holding several bone marrow drives each week, which they list on the Match4Matt Facebook page. 

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