GLENDALE -- The family of a 4-year-old girl suffering from a potentially-fatal blood disease is pleading with the Armenian community to take part in a bone marrow drive in Glendale.
Charlotte Conybear, of Philadelphia, was diagnosed in the spring of 2009 with aplastic anemia, a failure of the bone marrow to generate sufficient blood platelets and red and white blood cells.
One treatment option is a bone marrow transplant.
Doctors have not been able to find a match for her on the national registry, or within her family.
Charlotte is part Armenian, which doctors say gives her DNA features distinct from Europeans, and different genetic diseases.
Her family has been reaching out to Armenian communities across the U.S. hoping to find a match.
Anyone interested in helping out can participate in the donor drive at Glendale Memorial Hospital, 1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. The drive will be held in the main auditorium.
A cheek swab and an application is all that is necessary, according to organizers.
Donors must be between 18 and 50 and available to donate bone marrow and blood promptly if notified they are the right match.
Charlotte's treatment might require the donor to give only blood, from which stem cells are extracted, Philly.com reported.
For more information, visit: http://www.abmdr.am/Anoushig-Charlotte.html or call (323) 663-3609.
Bone Marrow Donors Sought to Help 4-year-old Armenian Girl
Due to the unique genetic makeup of Armenians, it is hard to find bone marrow matches among existing national registries.
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