COPING WITH KIDNEY FAILURE: Retired San Jose teacher seeks donor

A mother, retired school teacher and caretaker to those around her, Robin Ohara is as giving as she is compassionate. Now in her greatest time of need, however, those closest to her are unable to give her what she needs the most: a kidney transplant. Today, more than 26 million Americans over the age of […]

Family spreads awareness about bone marrow disorder that threatens son’s life

Chris Ishida had planned to be in Southern California right now. The 19-year-old freshman should be enrolled in his second semester at Pitzer College, working at his part-time job, and hanging out with his new friends in the Asian Pacific American Coalition on campus. Instead, he’s back home in Chicago’s northern suburbs, fighting for his […]

Biracial Nikkei needs marrow transplant

Chris Ishida, a 19-year-old Glenview, Ill., native, needs a bone marrow transplant. Ishida was diagnosed in December 2010 with severe aplastic anemia, which according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, means that he doesn’t make enough new blood cells. Without a bone marrow transplant, the condition is fatal. Chances of a bone marrow […]