SAN FRANCISCO — Asian American Donor Program’s “Laugh for Lives 2012” will take place on Friday, March 2, at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m.

The list of performers includes KT Tatara, Shawn Felipe, Danny Cho, and Eliot Chang. The emcee will be Mark Zhang along with with DJ RJ “Kool Raul.”

Allan Maravilla conceived this event to honor the memory of his cousin who had passed away from leukemia after failng to find a suitable marrow/stem cell donor. Since ethnicity is crucial to matching patients with donors, Maravilla decided that he wanted to set up a comedy show that would attract primarily an Asian American  audience, to draw more potential donors who are Asian Pacific Islander and multiracial.

The fifth annual “Laugh for Lives” is a benefit to increase awareness about marrow/stem cell donation on the national marrow registry. Alameda-based AADP is a non-profit (501c3) community organization geared towards helping save patients with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases. Multiethnic and multiracial individuals are desperately needed to register as potential marrow/stem cell donors. Register today and you could be the one to save a life.

AADP ( is a community non-profit (501c3) organization and an official recruitment group of the Be the Match Registry, formerly the National Marrow Donor Program, specializing in conducting outreach and donor registration drives in the Asian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial communities. AADP now outreaches to the entire ethnic minority community.

Get tickets here: Each ticket includes one free drink.

Here are two individuals who need a marrow transplant:

Kyle Crawford

Janet Liang

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