Nina Polvanich Louie was diagnosed with lymphoma last September and has only two months to find a bone marrow donor.

Friends are rallying behind the Manhattan Beach wife and mother, hoping to find a donor. Lymphoma can be treated, but because of Louie’s Asian heritage, finding a match has been very challenging, friends said.

According to friends, Louie means everything to the people who know her. She is married to the love of her life, Matt, and their two-year-old son, Donovan, adores his mama.

“Nina has a smile that lights up a room and a heart as big as Texas, where she grew up. Her family and friends love her immensely and can't wait for her to find a match,” according to the website,, which was created by friends.

Nina was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in September 2012. She endured seven rounds of aggressive chemotherapy at UCLA to treat the disease, but after only two months of remission, the lymphoma recurred in her brain. Nina is currently undergoing continued chemotherapy to control the disease, but the aggressiveness of the disease requires an urgent stem cell transplant.

Friends and family are asking the community to join the bone marrow registry by either getting typed with a home typing kit or in person at a local drive in L.A. or San Francisco, especially if you are of Asian heritage. For more information on the home kit and drives, visit The process to find out if you are a match is simple: just order a kit, swab your cheek and send the swab back in.

“With just a few minutes of your time, you can find out if you are eligible in saving not just Nina but anyone suffering from blood cancers or other related diseases,” according to the website.

Donors are asked to label the kit “VINIYA” in the promo code section to help expedite the typing.

For more information on how to help Nina and donate bone marrow, visit

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