These days you can’t go a couple of months without a new superhero movie coming out. Because people love the idea of heroes. It’s no secret that I wanted to be a superhero. I’m sure many of you would have wanted the same for yourself. At least, your 3-year-old self. Then adulthood came along, and with it came bills, work, and a ton of other things known as, “not being a superhero.”
But I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s still a chance for you to become a superhero.
To understand how, you need to realize what it is that superheroes do. They save lives. And people are always trying to get their DNA.
This can be you.
All you need to do is come out to the AADP‘s Laugh For Lives benefit comedy show. You will have a great time and leave a superhero. The show is Friday, March 11, 8pm, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I’ll be there with fellow comedians Alfonso Ochoa and Adhay Nadkarni, and it is all hosted by world-famous rapper, MC Jin.
The Asian-American Donor Program’s mission is to save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood diseases. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 44 years old, and from ethnic minority communities, this is your chance to register as a bone marrow donor for free, avoiding the $100 cost.
Back in 1990, two Asian-Americans needed bone marrow donors to save their lives, but only 123 people from the Asian-American community were registered donors. Out of a total population of 6.9 million, that’s not even 1%. It’s not even a tenth of 1%. It’s 18/10,000th of 1%. And those aren’t good odds. So the AADP was created to get those numbers up and provide people better odds.
They’ve done a good job getting the numbers up, but you can still help and save lives. Part of the registration process is a harmless cheek swab to determine a match for your cells. Hmm, this sounds very similar to Project Cadmus, in the DC Comics Universe where Superman’s DNA was used to create Superboy. See? You’re doing the same thing, hero. In fact, Project Cadmus got its name from the Greek legend of Cadmus, who made warriors from the teeth of dragons.
You will be doing the same. Your cells will be letting others fight on and live.