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A Bone Marrow Drive to Save a Kennewick Girl

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Seven year old Jasmin Mendoza is depending on the kindness of strangers to save her life.

In May of 2007, Jasmin was diagnosed with a life-threatening bone marrow disease called Aplastic Anemia, where the bone marrow stops making enough blood forming stem cells, causing lingering illnesses.   

To fix it, you need a perfect bone marrow match which is what the family is searching for.  So far they've had no luck, but are grateful the help they've been getting.  

"I honestly appreciate everybody, even if they're not a match for my daughter, they're helping everybody else who needs it," said Loraine Garcia, Jazmins mother. 

There are three separate bone marrow drives coming up, and all it takes is a simple cotton swap inside you cheek.  Here are the times and locations:

The first is Friday the 22nd at the Good Shepard Medical Center in Hermiston from 11 a.m. To 7 p.m.
Another on Sunday at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church gym on West Henry in Pasco from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Again on Tuesday in Richland at the Columbia Basin College Health Science Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

To register as a marrow donor you must: Be age 18-60.  Be in general good health and not excessively overweight.  Sign a consent to join the national registry.  And be willing to register for any patient in need.