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Three-year-old leukemia patient searches for bone marrow donor

Posted at 8:55 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 08:27:18-04

WACO, TX — Three-year-old Ailani Myers is in need of a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant.

After being diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in March, her oncologists now suggest that she receives a bone marrow transplant in the next couple weeks.

Ailani's family in Waco explained that the search for a donor is especially challenging due to Ailani's unique genetic makeup.

"Because of her biracial background, its very hard to find a donor, or a match" said Jesseca Clark Clayburn, Ailani's cousin.

Ailani is Hispanic, African-American and white, meaning any potential donor would need to be of a similar genetic makeup.

"We're not just limiting this to Ailani, we want to help whoever we can," said Clayburn.

"Be The Match" is leading the mission of finding a donor with the background needed for Ailani's transplant.

For anyone interested in seeing if they are a match for Ailani, or potentially another person in need, text CURE44 to 61474 or click here.

After completing the online registration, Be The Match will mail a swab kit in the mail within 3-5 business days. You would then send it back in the provided prepaid envelope.