A local Chinese American school is holding a bone marrow drive for Janet Liang, a 25-year-old Amador Valley High School alum who is battling Leukemia.
The drive will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Chinese American Cooperation Council Chinese School at .
It follows a drive at — that one is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Multipurpose Room.
A third drive, organized by Amador Valley High School, will go from noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 25., at the high school.
A tearful Liang posted a heartbreaking video on YouTube last month begging people to donate.
"I don't want to die," she says in the footage.
Watch by clicking here.
First diagnosed in August 2009 while finishing her International Studies degree at UCLA, Liang underwent chemotherapy and went into remission.
But then last December, she relapsed, and after finding out that her younger brother was not a match, she was told she had until April to find an unrelated bone marrow donor.
Liang splits her time between chemotherapy and other grueling treatments at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, spending time with visitors, and sitting in front of her laptop scrambling to organize marrow registration drives and compel strangers to help increase her chances of survival.
Bone marrow matches are dependent upon matching tissue types rather than blood type, and since Liang is Chinese-American, an Asian donor is most likely to be her match.
The Chinese School, with help from the Asian American Donor Program, is hosting the drive.
To give a bone marrow sample, you only need to fill out registration paperwork and do a cheek swab. It takes less than 10 minutes.