Hey Irish-Persians!

Based on the genetic testing done on my daughter Jila and her extended family, it appears that the tricky part of her HLA typing comes from my dad Reza Pakroo who is Persian (aka Iranian; same diff), making Jila 1/4 Persian. Jila’s dad Turtle O’Toole is pretty much fully Irish. Ethnic/racial backgrounds make a big difference in finding a match, so if you are Irish-Persian or know any Irish-Persian folks, would you please consider doing a cheek swab test and joining the Be The Match bone marrow donor registry in the US, or an international registry?

Jila and Baba (her grandpa) Reza, who is Persian. Believe it, this blondie is 1/4 Persian!

Jila and Baba (her grandpa) Reza, who is Persian. Believe it, this blondie is 1/4 Persian!

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11 thoughts on “Hey Irish-Persians!

  1. how old do you have to be to be a bone marrow donor?
    I am 100% Irish and my husband is Persian.
    I have two daughters, 21 and 15
    I am already on the bone marrow registry in the US but my daughter’s are not.

  2. I do not know if I am or not, yet. But, I will go to City of Hope, ask to get swabbed, and find out. My ancestry includes both 1/4 Irish and 1/2 Iranian. I am not sure how the results get to you from there. Best of luck.

    • Thank you so much! The search coordinator has access to just about every registry in the world and is continually checking for new matches. I’ll be sure to let her know about folks like you who are responding to my outreach. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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