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Manoa Elementary School third grader looking for bone marrow match

Norma and Nelson Ganeku Norma and Nelson Ganeku
Mitchell Ganeku Mitchell Ganeku

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Several hundred people Saturday took some time out of their weekend plans, to help an eight-year old boy find a bone marrow match.

Manoa Elementary School student Mitchell Ganeku is diagnosed with aplastic anemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Saturday, the Manoa community held a drive to help the third-grader with his wish.

It only takes a swab of the mouth to find out if you're a potential match for someone.

Mitchell's parents say they're thrilled with the turnout.

"We've had a lot of support from the Manoa community. They helped us organize this donor drive today and they also got this church, cross connections fellowship, they helping us with a band", said Mitchell's parents Norma and Nelson.

There will be several more drives to help Mitchell, one on February 23rd at Hawaii Pacific University windward campus, and another on the 27th at the Kamehameha Schools Ho'olaulea.

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