Perfect bone marrow match found for girl battling LeukemiaPosted: Updated:
MESA - A 10-year-old girl says a complete stranger is about to save her life and you could do the same for someone else.
It was a huge turnout in Mesa on Sunday for a 10-year-old girl and her quest to help register as many bone marrow donors as possible.
A bell was music to the ears of families fighting cancer because it means another person was added to that National Marrow Donor registry.
On Sunday that bell rang more than 150 times and few understand that better than Rowan, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 6 and is still fighting today at age 10. Rowan just found a donor match and admits, "It's really exciting. Nevertheless, she adds, " There's so many children that need a match."
Rowan's mother, Tina, tells 3TV, "About 3 days ago they called and found a 10 out of 10 donor for her."
That is a perfect match and it is because of people ages 18 to 60 who donate who are healthy and willing to help save a life.
Like Rowan says, "It's not that hard. It's just a check swab to get in the registry."
After all, only 30% of patients find a match in their family. Rowan found hers through the registry and this family does not lose sight of the thousands still searching so they participated in this marrow donor registration drive.
Rowan's mom says, "One of the best things you can do to make it bearable is use it to help as many others as possible."
Rowan heads to California for her transplant on March 1 and hopes that because of drives like this, thousands of others will have that same second chance at health.
It used to be that people were afraid to donate fearing the procedure was a painful one but in fact there is a new way now that makes donating bone marrow as easy as donating blood.
For more information on upcoming registration drives and how you can help save a life, .