4-year-old Armenian girl in need of bone marrow donor

Charlotte Conybear

April 4, 2010 8:37:13 PM PDT
Several Bay Area churches are part of a nationwide effort to find a bone marrow match for a 4-year-old girl.

Charlotte Conybear and her parents live in the Philadelphia area where doctors have been searching for a bone marrow match for her since last year. Charlotte is part Armenian, an ethnic group with distinct DNA features.

Five Bay Area Armenian churches agreed to take part in an Easter registration drive.

"It's a very simple process, they have to fill out a form, they have to be between the ages of 18 to 61, they have to be healthy, and we just do a cheek swab right now," said Karim Premji with Bethematch.org. "If they are a match, there is another process that happens."

The National Bone Marrow Registry is especially in need of potential donors who are members of minority groups.

For more information, visit www.bethematch.org.


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