For some, steep odds to find a bone marrow match

For some, steep odds to find a bone marrow match

Growing up in Walpole, Mandy Manocchio-Putney often was asked where she was from. She always responded, proudly and surprisingly, “I’m Irish and Italian.”

The answer drew funny looks — she was adopted from South Korea as a baby into an Irish-Italian family — but for her, it was the truth.

Now, the 40-year-old’s Korean heritage has suddenly become central to her life in a way she never expected. After being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in July, Manocchio-Putney faces a disturbing reality shared with many minorities in the United States — getting a bone marrow donation to save her life will be much harder for her than it would be for one of her two Caucasian siblings.

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