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Help Save a Young Boy's Life

Evonne Fernandez Evonne Fernandez

By Mary Simms

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A young family says they need your help, to save their little boy's life.

From here Kayla and Jonah look like healthy little kids.

But Jonah is sick. So sick, he may die.

"Doctors were having a hard time figuring out what was wrong. it took them two weeks to finally take a blood test, and we found out from there that he had leukemia," said Evonne Fernandez, Jonah's mother.

Jonah stopped chemotherapy, because it weakened his immune system so much he almost died from a fungal infection.

He doesn't have much time, so they are racing against the clock to find donors.

"The doctors said that if he doesn't find a match, that last christmas, in 2006, would be his last christmas."

Jonah's parents say even if a donor isn't a match for Jonah, it could mean a second chance for another patient.

"They get it. They know its for everyone. They know using their son might help someone else, and that's what its all about. People helping other people," said Roy Yonashiro, a recruitment specialist for the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry at Hawaii Medical Center East.

Registering to become a donor takes about ten minutes.

Hawaii's Bone Marrow Donor Registry will be in the community three times in may, trying to find a donor for Jonah.

The "Thanks Mom" marrow donor drive is a nationwide campaign. Its going on right now through May 21st.

Thanks Mom Marrow Donor Drive

May 7 through May 21

Bone Marrow Drive Locations

Town Center of Mililani

Saturday May 12

12 p.m. To 4 p.m.

Tamura's Wahiawa

Saturday, May 19th

10 a.m. To 4 p.m.

Mililani Ike Elementary School

Sunday, May 20

9 a.m. To 12 p.m.

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