‘Team Paul’ Goes on Offense in Bone Marrow Drive

In an effort to find a bone marrow donor for Paul Goodman — a much beloved 29-year-old Orange County Buddhist Church member — several BCA temples, churches and community centers have launched registration drives that have spanned the entire West Coast, Texas, and Hawaii.

On Jan. 31, OCBC held a drive-through bone marrow registration for Goodman. Other recent drive-through events in Southern California were held at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in West Covina, Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo, and Tanaka Farms in Irvine.

In addition, the following have or are hosting drives: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin in Honolulu, Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple, Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, and individuals in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Plano, Texas.

“It's wonderful how the temples and community centers are willing to host the drives and how people of all backgrounds and ages are coming out to support his cause,” said Carole Sugimoto, who along with husband Steve and sons Derek and Tyler, helped to coordinate a donor campaign for Goodman with A3M, a Los Angeles-based organization that recruits potential marrow donors.