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May 27, 1989 | GENE YASUDA, Times Staff Writer
Like most 13-year-olds, Joshua Kaplan leads a busy life. He collects baseball cards, commands remote-controlled cars, roots for the Padres, smacks a few tennis balls and brings Bach to life on the living-room piano. But, unlike his friends, Joshua works hard at something else--staying alive. Joshua suffers from leukemia. "When I'm at school all day, I really don't think about it," said Joshua, who lives with his family in Leucadia. "But, sometimes when I'm alone, it's like, 'Wow, how can this be happening to me?
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November 15, 1989 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Diana Brutoco was diagnosed with leukemia, she learned her only hope for survival was to find someone who matched her blood tissue type--a 1-in-15,000 chance--and undergo a bone marrow transplant. "I knew we were facing tremendous odds, but I had only two choices," said her husband, Dr. Rudolf Brutoco, a Covina pediatrician. "I could either watch her die or do something that would give her a chance."
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November 15, 1989 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Diana Brutoco was diagnosed with leukemia, she learned her only hope for survival was to find someone who matched her blood tissue type--a 1-in-15,000 chance--and undergo a bone marrow transplant. "I knew we were facing tremendous odds, but I had only two choices," said her husband, Dr. Rudolf Brutoco, a Covina pediatrician. "I could either watch her die or do something that would give her a chance."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1989 | GENE YASUDA, Times Staff Writer
Like most 13-year-olds, Joshua Kaplan leads a busy life. He collects baseball cards, commands remote-controlled cars, roots for the Padres, smacks a few tennis balls and brings Bach to life on the living-room piano. But, unlike his friends, Joshua works hard at something else--staying alive. Joshua suffers from leukemia. "When I'm at school all day, I really don't think about it," said Joshua, who lives with his family in Leucadia. "But, sometimes when I'm alone, it's like, 'Wow, how can this be happening to me?
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May 11, 1990 | ALLISON SAMUELS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A memorial service for Christina Schnabl, a schoolgirl whose courage in battling leukemia captured the hearts of hundreds of strangers, including President Bush, will be held Saturday. The 9-year-old student at Wagner Elementary School in Placentia died Tuesday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she had been hospitalized since she learned in January that she was suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia.
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November 2, 1990 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Nine Simi Valley police officers have volunteered to participate in the first "Ride for Life" relay bike-a-thon this weekend, which includes a 420-mile trek to Mexico and back. All proceeds go to the Life-Savers Foundation of America, a nationwide computer service that helps match potential bone-marrow donors with people suffering from leukemia and other blood diseases, organizer Richard A. McCoy said. The Life-Savers Foundation is based in Covina.
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November 24, 1990 | JOEL BRAND
There are about 1,500 people in Ventura County who have been tested and registered as possible donors for life-saving bone marrow transplants. And sponsors of the third annual Celebration in the Park in Camarillo hope they will be able to help increase that number next weekend. Although the third annual event has a serious side to it, there will be clowns, magicians and musicians to entertain those who attend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1.
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May 24, 1990
Eight local women will be honored for extraordinary achievement at the San Gabriel Valley YWCA's sixth annual Women of Achievement Leadership Awards Luncheon on June 1. The honorees and their categories of award are: * Lorraine Castro (Exceptional Merit).
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December 3, 1989
Blood tests to find a bone marrow donor for a 38-year-old Tarzana attorney suffering from a deadly form of leukemia will be given Monday at the West Valley Jewish Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m., organizers of an effort to help the man said. The chances of finding a donor for Marc Smith are about one in 15,000, said Susan Rafkin, spokeswoman for Life-Savers Foundation of America, which is helping to sponsor the donor drive.
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May 1, 1991
A 13-year-old Santa Ana boy whose search for a bone-marrow transplant drew scores of volunteers but no successful matches, died Monday, hospital officials said. "He passed away yesterday," Ron Yukelson, a spokesman for Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where Armando Garcia was being treated, said Tuesday. He added that while he did not know the precise cause of death, Armando was being treated for leukemia.
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August 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
An appeal from San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky has brought donations of more than $85,000 to pay for marrow donor tests to help a 6-year-old boy who suffers from acute leukemia. Radio station KNBR started the fund-raising by offering a $5 donation for each of the 92 pitches thrown by Dravecky against the Cincinnati Reds during his winning comeback game at Candlestick Park last week. The game, which the Giants won, 4-3, was Dravecky's first since cancer surgery.
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April 10, 1990 | SHARI ROAN
At least 200,000 more people are needed in the national registry to meet requests for bone marrow transplants, says Liz Quam of the National Marrow Donor Program. The problem with achieving that goal is a lack of money. The cost of the preliminary blood test to register a potential donor ranges from $60 to $75--a discount price from the laboratories that do the tests at no profit.
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