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Suburbanite's plight highlights need for Latino bone marrow donors

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Marianna Sgarbi, left, with the Icla da Silva Foundation, has been trying to find a bone marrow donor match for Neftali Hernandez, 35, who suffers from aplastic anemia and needs a marrow transplant.

MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY | Staff Photographer

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Neftali Hernandez, 35, suffers from aplastic anemia and is in need of a donor for a bone-marrow transplant. So far, he has not been able to find a suitable match.

MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY | Staff Photographer

Marianna Sgarbi, left, with the Icla da Silva Foundation, has been trying to find a bone marrow donor match for Neftali Hernandez, 35, who suffers from aplastic anemia and needs a marrow transplant.

MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY | Staff Photographer

Neftali Hernandez, 35, pictured here with his nephew, Joel, suffers from aplastic anemia and is in need of a donor match for a bone-marrow transplant.

MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY | Staff Photographer

Neftali Hernandez, 35, listens as Marianna Sgarbi of the Icla da Silva Foundation explains his chances of finding a donor match for a bone-marrow transplant.

MADHU KRISHNAMURTHY | Staff Photographer

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After three years of living with a debilitating bone marrow disease, Neftali Hernandez is hoping to find a bone marrow donor so he can start living a normal life again. But despite four siblings, a national registry of 10.5 million potential donors and multiple donor drives in the suburbs, Hernandez, 35, has been unable so far to find a match. His plight highlights the need for more Latino bone marrow donors.
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    • Marianna Sgarbi, left, with the Icla da Silva Foundation, has been trying to find a bone marrow donor match for Neftali Hernandez, 35, who suffers from aplastic anemia and needs a marrow transplant.
    • Neftali Hernandez, 35, suffers from aplastic anemia and is in need of a donor for a bone-marrow transplant. So far, he has not been able to find a suitable match.
    • Marianna Sgarbi, left, with the Icla da Silva Foundation, has been trying to find a bone marrow donor match for Neftali Hernandez, 35, who suffers from aplastic anemia and needs a marrow transplant.
    • Neftali Hernandez, 35, pictured here with his nephew, Joel, suffers from aplastic anemia and is in need of a donor match for a bone-marrow transplant.
    • Neftali Hernandez, 35, listens as Marianna Sgarbi of the Icla da Silva Foundation explains his chances of finding a donor match for a bone-marrow transplant.
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