16-year-old has been on bone marrow transplant waiting list for two years

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Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 28 at 7:20 AM

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Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.

Many of them will die, unless they get a bone marrow transplant. That's where the National Marrow Donor Program steps in with its "Be the Match" registry.

Over time, the registry has grown to more than 10 million donors.

But, more donors are needed especially in the minority community.

Natalie Rowe with the local bone marrow donor office, Hidea Smith, 16, who has been waiting on a bone marrow transplant for two years and Philomenia Johnson, Smith's mother, were in the studio with more information on Thursday.

Our "Perfect Match" phone lines are open. Call 504-529-6450.

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