Bella O’Dell is still fighting to receive “The Match” that will save her life.
The 4-year old, of Elkhart, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) a year ago and recently relapsed and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Saturday's “Beating the Odds” bone marrow and blood drive will be in honor of Bella.
All proceeds will benefit “Be the Match” Foundation and “Make a Wish” Foundation. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jimtown Elementary, 58901 County Road 3, Elkhart. It will include food, games, a bounce house, face painting, vendors and raffles.
A location map and more information about Bella and the drive can be found at www.bellas-journey.com or call 574-214-0170.
“Right now Bella’s counts are holding for the first time this year,” said Frances Pethick, Bella’s great-grandmother. “She still going to the Memorial Hospital sometimes twice a week.
“She is currently doing well on drug therapies, but we know that these are only a short term fix. Blood donors and bone marrow donors help to save the lives of Bella and those like her,” Pethick said.
Bella did not find a bone marrow match last year and there are many others like her in need of a bone marrow transplant, her great-grandmother said.
Those interested in helping may join the National Bone Marrow Registry by being tested through a simple cheek swab.
“We thank you in advance for your prayers, generous support, and most of all your willingness to be a donor…and our prayer is that you are ‘The Match,’ ’’ Pethick said.
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