A3M began as a grassroots movement in 1991 to help Nick, Amanda, Brian, and other patients who need a bone marrow transplant. Faced with the lack of Asian and Pacific Islander bone marrow donors in the National Registry and the support of Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation, A3M began efforts to increase and diversify the donor pool.
Today, A3M is the largest Asian Pacific Islander recruitment group of the Be The Match Registry, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M) provides specialized outreach and education to ethnic Asian/Pacific Islander and minority communities, specifically targeting the eight largest populations Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South Asian, Thai, Vietnamese and Hispanic. There is a need for more donors in all minority communities.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo community, A3M’s work impacts patients across the world. A3M has recruited over 300,000 potential donors to join the Be The Match Registry. Over 400 A3M donors have gone on to donate their marrow or blood stem cells, giving hope to patients in need of a life-saving transplant.