School group gets more people on bone marrow donor registry

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WICKSBURG, Ala. (WTVY) -- About 30 children are born each year with Fanconi Anemia. One is right here in the Wiregrass.

Hayden Farmer loves being a Wicksburg Panther cheerleader. (Source: Windy Farmer)

She’s 7-year-old Hayden Farmer and her school is helping her find the match that could save her life.

The genetic DNA repair disease is causing Hayden to have decreased levels of blood cells.

“For a normal person your platelets are supposed to be around 140,000 minimum, so there's normally more than that. Hers was at 30,000. She is currently around 54,000,” says Hayden’s mother Windy Farmer.

If those numbers continue to drop Hayden will need a bone marrow transplant.

Wicksburg’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is getting a head start on the donor search by hosting a ' Be the Match' campaign.

“Anyone 18 to 44 can come in and register. If you're 45 to 60 you can also register but it’s a $100 for the lab fee,” says FCCLA’s sponsor Danna Hollis.

It’s a 5-minute process and you can register on a cell phone or computer.

“We do have the swab kits here. It’s a simple cheek swab in the inside and we send it off and they look and see if you're a match,” says Hollis.

A successful bone marrow transplant would make Hayden less susceptible to cancers such as leukemia, but finding a match for Hayden isn't the only purpose for the drive.

It’s also about bringing awareness.

Even I wasn't aware of how many people are in need of bone marrow transplant," says Farmer. "I hope this will encourage everybody to come and want to be a donor because there are tons and tons of people that need a bone marrow transplant. Hayden is just one of them.”

If you are selected as a match for Hayden or anyone else in need, the Be the Match foundation will cover all expenses including hotel and travel costs.

You have time to save a life.

The campaign goes on Thursday at the school from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Then at the football game on Friday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as the mites game on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.