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Local Mom Estella Kim Seeks Asian Bone Marrow Donor; Register To Seek If You Are A Match

Local Mom Estella Kim Seeks Asian Bone Marrow Donor; Register To Seek If You Are A Match

Estella Kim
Photo Credit: Estella Kim

A Horrifying Diagnosis

Estella Kim has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a husband, and a newly adopted two year old son. She desperately needs to find a matching bone marrow donor. In fact, it’s really her only chance to beat her leukemia.

Estella was over the moon when she and her husband Daniel adopted a little boy who had been in their care since he was 6 months old. So the ER visit for shoulder pain and fatigue had completely changed her world when the doctor told her she might have cancer. A biopsy soon confirmed her worst fears.

Photo Credit: Estella Kim

Kim is of Korean descent. Unfortunately, there are not many Asian bone marrow donors on the registry. As she simultaneously goes through a few rounds of chemotherapy, she also has to work to find a bone marrow donor. Things also didn’t get better when her father Ki Chun Kim suddenly passed away days before this article was out.

Talking to Estella, I have to admire her will to live and her indomitable spirit. Her faith in God and the support of her family and friends also sustain her. It’s clear what needs to happen.

Register To Be A Bone Marrow Donor

To register to be a donor or see if you are a match for Estella  text “Estella”  to the number  61474 or go to A cheek swab will be mailed to the home of those who registered. You will be contacted if you are a match to donate bone marrow to someone who is waiting for it.

The Elk Grove Tribune offers our heartfelt condolences to the Kim family. We sincerely encourage all of you to register to be a bone marrow donor and see if you are a match for Estella or anybody else on the waiting list.

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About The Author

Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung

Dr. Jacqueline "Jax" Cheung, DrPH, MBA, is the Editor-In-Chief of Elk Grove Tribune. Jax is also the owner of the awarding winning Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption Ministry. She enjoys freelancing for Sacramento4Kids and many other publications. She was voted Sacramento Area A-List Best Local Blogger 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018 and Best of Elk Grove Best Blogger 2016 & 2017. In 2019 Jax was recognized for Outstanding Service & Dedication to Elk Grove with Award of Recognition from the California State Senate. Jax lives in Elk Grove with her husband and 2 daughters. To follow Jax's journey please like her Jax Chronicles Facebook, follow her Instagram @jaxchronicles, follow her Twitter @jaxchronicles, or check out Jax Chronicles Blog & Adoption ministry.


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