LEHI, Utah (ABC4 News) The parents of two young girls battling cancer together put on a bone marrow event on Saturday to help get more people on the registry, and possibly save someone's life.
The general public was invited to come have their mouth swabbed in an effort to find matches for the nearly 14,000 blood cancer patients in need of a donor who live in the U.S.
Dantzel Piercy, host of the DKMS drive, said they have people all over who host drives so they have been working with the parents to do this.
"When people have leukemia and other blood disorders they sometimes need a blood marrow transplant, Piercy said. "30 percent of the time they can find a family match but others have to use a registry."
The registry records the results of the mouth swab and it's always possible you could be someone's match. If you are called to donate, you can either donate through blood or have a procedure done through your hip.
Today's drive came from the parents of two 4-year-old girls, Harper Rae Morgan and Livvi Roberts, both fighting the same cancer, live in the same neighborhood and go to the same school.
"The girls do not need a bone marrow transplant right now as their treatment is going really well," said Livvi's mom Korinne Roberts. "But if they were to relapse, they would have to possibly rely on the registry."
The families felt the need to help after meeting several people along their daughter's journeys needed bone marrow transplants, saying It is their way of helping and giving back.
The group sponsoring the event is DKMS.
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