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Search continues for bone marrow match for California boy

Search continues for a bone marrow donor for an eight-year-old California boy. Search continues for a bone marrow donor for an eight-year-old California boy.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry is still hard at work trying to save the life of an eight-year-old California boy with acute leukemia.

The registry signed up donors at a recruitment drive on Sunday at the Aloha Stadium swap meet for Baylor Nihei Fredricksen of Albany, California.

The registry is also trying to increase the number of possible matches for others on the long list of people awaiting bone marrow transplants.

"At a given time we have about 6,000 patients that need a match every day," said Ferdie Gabat of the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry. "And so we try to grow the registry as much as we can, and that's to give hope and a better chance for the patients searching."

More than 250 people in Hawaii are among the 4,000 who have registered as possible donors nationally. But so far, there has been no match for Baylor.

Another drive will be held Thursday afternoon at the Whole Foods store in Kailua.

 

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