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Girl inspires bone marrow registry drive

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BURBANK, Wash.-- A Finley teenager's fight against leukemia picked up some wind today during a bone marrow drive.

Teens doing a senior project organized the drive at Columbia High School in Burbank. The drive entailed swabbing the inside of one's cheek for cells and registration into the "Be the Batch" database by the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. The database finds matches for people of all ages based on their tissue type determined by the cheek cell samples.  Then it connects those who need a transplant like Abi Hamlin to the registered donor.

Abi is battling leukemia for the second time and is still looking for a match. Her cousin Jared Johnson created a Facebook page to create awareness about the donor registry.

"This is a great thing for Abi but the registry is all around the world so you get more people signed up and you give hope to families all around the world," said Johnson.

The "Be the Match" donor registry is international and often flies in donor marrow from other countries to the person in need.

If you're interested in helping or learning more, go to Johnson's Facebook page 46 Too Many. He chose that name because forty-six children are diagnosed with cancer each day. You can also go to bethematch.com.

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