6-Year-Old Boy Needs Bone Marrow Transplant

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by WDJT Editor

MILWAUKEE-- The family of a six-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare blood disease hopes a bone marrow transplant will save his life.

The Larkin family moved to Milwaukee from San Francisco just a few months ago to get their son Jake treatment for a condition called Aplastic Anemia.

Jake was diagnosed less than a year ago.

"We call it lazy bones in our family. His bones just decided to stop doing their job, which is to produce blood,” said Kimberly Cluff, Jake’s mom.

Jake needs to get blood transfusions once a week but to get cured he needs a bone marrow transplant. In order to get one, he needs an exact match. So far, no one in is family has been a match.

Doctors tell the Cluff family that the best way to find a match is in the ethnic community where the patient is from. Since the Cluff family is of Irish decent, the Blood Center of Wisconsin is helping them host a marrow drive at Irish Fest on Saturday, with hopes they will find a match.

Getting tested is as simple as getting a swab from your cheek. For Jake, that swab could be life saving.

The marrow drive will be at Irish Fest on Saturday between noon and 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.matchjake.org

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