Singer-songwriter and guitarist Kina Grannis’ mother, Trish Grannis, needs a blood stem cell donor match.
The musician shared a DKMS post on various social media platforms in late January that she wrote with her sisters Emi Grannis and Misa Grannis, seeking a match for their mother. DKMS stands for “Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei,” or German Bone Marrow Donor Center.
Trish Grannis, who is of Japanese descent, needs a blood stem cell donor. She has a bone marrow cancer called myelofibrosis, the post states.
The post describes Trish Grannis as “an incredibly magical human” who “brings light to everything and everyone she touches.”
According to the National Marrow Donor Program, “When it comes to matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types, a patient’s ethnic background is important in predicting the likelihood of finding a match. This is because HLA markers used in matching are inherited. Some ethnic groups have more complex tissue types than others. So a person’s best chance of finding a donor may be with someone of the same ethnic background.”
According to the National Marrow Donor Program, “doctors prefer donors in the 18 to 35 age group” as “medical research shows that younger donors are best for patients and provide the greatest chance for transplant success.” For more information, visit https://www.dkms.org/get-involved/virtual-drives/amatchformamag. The Website links potential donors in the United States to the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match Registry at https://my.bethematch.org/s/join’language=en_US&joinCode=swabtheworld.