Family looking for bone marrow donor for 6-year-old daughter with blood disorder

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio – It’s been a rough month for Lakewood Councilman Ryan Nowlin and his wife.

They found out their six-year-old daughter, Maisie, has a severe form of Aplastic Anemia. That means her bone marrow doesn’t make enough blood cells for her body.

The news came as a shock for the family, but Ryan said they’re trying to stay positive.

"We've got a bit of a road ahead of us, but she is a fighter. We have a lot of folks praying and supporting us, so we know we're going to get through it,” he said.

Maisie is at the hospital right now for observation, but Ryan said she has two options for treatment. She could undergo immunosuppressive therapy or get a bone marrow transplant. They checked to see if any of their other kids were a match, but they’re not. So, they’re looking for another donor.

"We are working with the national bone marrow registry program to have a drive of potential bone marrow donors this Sunday,” said Nowlin.

Anyone is welcome to attend. The entire process only takes about fifteen minutes. First, you’d fill out some paperwork and then do a quick cheek swab.

"It's not just to help Maisie; it would be to help anybody who is potentially in need of a bone marrow transplant,” he explained.

If you can’t make it out to the donor drive, you can always register online. CLICK HERE to register.

DONOR DRIVE information:

St. Luke’s - McBride Hall
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1212 Bunts Road, Lakewood, OH 44107
For more information please contact :
Tonya Davis - Be The Match - 216.406.6236 or tdavis2@nmdp.org
or Kimberly J. Pustulka – Event Host - 216.650.7914

According to Be The Match, doctors choose donors based on what is best for the patient. "Research shows that younger donors provide the greatest chance for transplant success which is why people between the ages of 18-44 are called to donate more than 90% of the time. To most responsibly provide stewardship of our registry and our funds, we must focus on adding registry members most likely to be called to donate to a patient."