Thomas Yamamoto (left) and Shunzo Kotani at last year’s A3M gala. Kotani received a life-saving marrow transplant from Yamamoto. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

A 19-year-old Filipino patient will meet his lifesaving bone marrow donor for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Witness this momentous occasion at A3M’s (Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches) Starnight 2015 Annual Gala Dinner. It will be a heartwarming experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

You will also have the opportunity to meet Erica Welsh-Westfall, a courageous and loving mother. In spite of losing her baby daughter Sofia Flores, she continues to help patients in need of a bone marrow transplant by hosting drives. Sofia’s legacy survives in Erica’s continued efforts and patient advocacy. Erica will receive this year’s Human Spirit Award in recognition of her commitment to saving lives.

The evening also features a delicious dinner and silent auction. Bid on items including iPads, exclusive jewelry, sports tickets, one-of-a-kind art pieces and many more.

Additionally, meet other A3M supporters, community leaders, transplant physicians, surviving patients and dedicated volunteers. The emcee for the evening will be Denise Dador, the Emmy Award-winning health specialist of ABC 7.

Don’t miss this evening, filled with inspiration and hope. The gala dinner takes place at the L.A. Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Reception/silent auction from 5 p.m.; dinner starts at 6 p.m. Visit to book dinner tickets and learn more about how you can help.

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