A3M’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of patients with blood cancers or blood related disease by educating and recruiting potential marrow donors and providing patient support services.
A3M’s vision is to grow and diversify the Be The Match Registry through focusing on marrow donor recruitment within various ethnic communities, therefore increasing the likelihood of patients finding a marrow match.
In 1991, Sharon Sugiyama started a grassroots movement to recruit a marrow donor for her nephew Nick. A lifesaving marrow transplant was Nick’s last hope. Challenged with the low number of minorities, particularly Asian and Pacific Islander bone marrow donors in the national marrow donor registry, Sharon founded Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M) with the goal of increasing the likelihood of minority patients finding a marrow match.
Today, with the support of A3M’s fiscal sponsor, Little Tokyo Service Center (non profit organization), A3M is one of the largest minority recruitment centers in the Be The Match Registry. A3M provides culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach, education and marrow donor recruitment in ethnic minority communities, including but not limited to: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian, Thai, Vietnamese and Latino.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles' Little Tokyo community, A3M's work impacts patients around the world. A3M has recruited over 320,00 potential donors to join the Be The Match Registry. Over 700 A3M donors have gone on to donate their marrow or blood stem cells, giving hope to patients in need of a life-saving marrow transplant.
After 30 successful years of serving patients and recruiting donors, A3M shut it's doors December 31, 2021. Over the last three decades, A3M is very proud to have added more than 330,000 donors to the marrow registry and more than 9,000 donors have matched with a patient and are ready to move forward to donate their marrow or blood stem cells. It is because of your generosity and support that this amazing accomplishment was possible.
In an effort to centralize all marrow donor registration activities, the Be the Match Registry will not be continuing their partnership with recruitment centers, such as A3M. To address the need of finding marrow donors for patients of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) ancestry, Be the Match is in the process of creating an API program. Some staff will continue on to be a part of the new program at Be The Match it will be led by A3M Director, Susan Choi.