Last year, Kevin Weston was riding high. He had just won a journalism fellowship at Stanford, and was raising two daughters with his partner Lateefah Simon, a civil rights activist and MacArthur Genius fellow. Then doctors told him he had leukemia, and needed to find a bone marrow donor by the end of the month. But Kevin is African-American — and African-Americans comprise only 7 percent of registered donors. Kevin and Lateefah join us to share their story. We’ll also discuss the low rate of minority donor participation and the long road to a successful transplant.
Kevin Weston, new media journalist and Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University who is seeking a match for a bone marrow transplant
Lateefah Simon, wife of Kevin Weston, local civil rights activist and winner of a MacArthur "Genius" grant
Jonathan Leong, founder of the Asian American Donor Program
Manali Patel, postdoctoral fellow in hematology/oncology at the Stanford School of Medicine and researcher at the Clinical Excellence Research Center, which focuses on innovations in cancer care