Jack Chin, 23, was diagnosed with leukemia six months ago, just as he was headed back to UCLA to start his senior year. The bad news became worse when Chin's doctors informed him that he needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Unfortunately, Chin's found no matches in his own family, including his twin brother, and now Chin's loved ones are racing to register as many people as possible, hoping they can still find him a bone marrow match.
As a Chinese American Chin's best chance to find a match will be someone who shares his ethnicity. However, the number of Asian Americans in the National Registry is very small. While Caucasians have a 90 percent chance of finding a bone marrow match, minorities only have a 45 percent chance, Chin's friends informed us. As of 2009, there were only 500 Asian Americans listed in the National Registry.
But instead of giving up, Chin's friends are throwing him a party.
Chin's friends are taking over McTeague's on Post Street for an entire night this Saturday, where guests will be asked register as a bone marrow donors with the goal of finding their high school buddy a match.
Aside from being good Samaritans, every registered donor will also be good and buzzed. In exchange for their donation, "heavily discounted drinks" will be offered for the rest of the night.
Just bring your Asian American or Chinese friends, get your cheek swabbed, and chase it with a cheap shot.
Chin says he is often reminded of the movie 50/50. "Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character who has cancer says, 'people say you'll be okay, but it's not okay.' Exactly. No, I do not know if I will make it. nobody knows," Chin said.
Still, Chin says when he isn't "puking [his] brains out for chemo," he makes cancer jokes to lighten the mood.
"I don't know why," Chin said. "The only cancer pick-up line I came up with is 'Hey baby, what's your sign? Cancer? Oh me too, we have so much in common.'"
He still has to try it out.
"I guess humor helps," says Chin, "because underneath, I know I am facing death and this whole thing is not funny."
So come party for a really good cause Saturday, March 10 at McTeague's Saloon at 1237 Polk (at Fern). The event starts at 7 p.m., but go before 10 p.m. to register as a bone marrow donor.
Chin's friends are hosting a drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that same Saturday at the Sunset Branch Library.
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