Family of Houston girl hopes for life-saving donation

June Isassi, 4, was diagnosed this past summer with aplastic anemia, an extremely rare blood cancer affecting one in 300 million people.

December 18, 2013 3:39:09 PM PST
Christmas is just a week away and the gift a Houston girl and her family are hoping for could save her life.

June Isassi, 4, was diagnosed this past summer with aplastic anemia, an extremely rare blood cancer affecting one in 300 million people. She needs to find a matching donor for a bone marrow transplant to stay alive.

To help find that matching donor, the Isassi family and their friends are holding a registration drive this weekend. It's happening at the Coles Flea Market in Pearland on Sunday, December 22, from 8am until 2pm. They're asking potential donors to get a simple cheek swab to determine if they're a match for June.

If you're a match, donating is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure similar to donating platelets or plasma.

And if you're not a match for June, you'll still be put on the registry and could be a match for someone else waiting on that life-saving donation. Donors sought are between the ages of 18 and 44.

If you can't make it to the drive this weekend, you can still get on the registry by going to BeTheMatch.org

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