Leslie Morales is a South Pasadena resident and mother to 8-year-old Evan. She was diagnosed with leukemia and is in need of a matching marrow/blood stem cell donor. Last Monday, a Marrow donor registry drive for those between the age of 18 to 44 was held at the South Pasadena YMCA, 1605 Garfield Avenue in South Pasadena. The event was hosted by the City of Hope Be the Match program, which has a mission to save lives by delivering cures to people diagnosed with life-threatening blood cancers through marrow transplants. “We can’t do this important work alone,” said a City of Hope spokesperson. “We work with amazing partners and volunteers like you to help the more than 14,000 patients in need of a transplant. According to the City of Hope, every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Patients are most likely to match someone of similar ethnic heritage. There is a huge need for donors of diverse backgrounds. Residents are encouraged to be tested by “Be a Match” and support patients waiting for a donor. It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out a form and self administer a cheek swab. Below, left, Leslie Morales is joined by her son, Evan, and Joyce Valdez with the City of Hope. For more information, contact Joyce Valdez at the local YMCA. She can be reached at (626) 373-4000 or JoValdez@coh.org. Individuals can join online at: Join.BeTheMatch.Org/Swab4Leslie.