NEW YORK (WPIX) -- More than one thousand people turned out for a bone marrow donor drive at a Greenwich Village school Saturday morning to try and save a young girl's life.
Six-year-old Jasmina Anema, who was diagnosed with a rare form of acute leukemia in January, may only have two months left to live, according to her doctors. Anema's mother, Theodora, learned of the devastating news after taking her daughter to the doctor for what she thought was a minor toe infection. When blood work came back, testing positive for NK cell Leukemia, Theodora said she was horrified.
The kindergartner has since been forced to undergo daily rounds of radiation and chemotherapy in order to fight the potentially fatal sickness. Theodora says the strong treatments have caused her daughter's hair to fall out and her mouth has become filled with sores, sometimes making it impossible to speak. In addition, her immune system has become dangerously weakened.
"The leukemia is growing faster than the chemo can kill it," Theodora said.
Theodora and the family of young Jasmine are hoping the donor drive, set to run until about 2 p.m. at P.S. 41, will be the answer to all their problems. Jasmine's case has already drawn the attention of big celebrities like singer Kelly Rowland and actress Jill Hennessy.
"She's the love of my life," Theodora said. "I don't want anyone in this world to ever have to wait for a bone-marrow donor, or even to have the uncertainty of finding someone."