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Facing need for black bone marrow donors
San Francisco Chronicle

For months, Johnika Carter-Kiel had been feeling sick and tired. A trip to the doctor revealed what was wrong with her body: a pair of serious blood disorders.

The Berkeley resident learned at age 16 that she had aplastic anemia, in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. She also had paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, in which red blood cells break down earlier than normal.