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Nine-year-old continues search for bone marrow donor


PEORIA (WEEK) - Last month, 25 News was introduced to a brave 9-year-old who is searching for a bone marrow match.

Oskar suffers from aplastic anemia… A rare condition where bone marrow doesn't produce enough new blood cells. Saturday, Oskar's family teamed up with 'Be The Match Peoria' to find a bone marrow donor for Oskar. At the event, it was as easy as stopping by and swabbing spit to see if you could help Oskar.

Oskar's grandfather, Donald Bell, is hopeful for a match, so Oskar can get back to being a kid again.

"He's a St. Jude patient. He gets blood transfusion, chemotherapy, stuff like that. So, if we can find him a match, hopefully we won't have to do that anymore and he can get out and play and fish and canoe like little kids should be doing out there," Bell said.

If you didn't make the event, you can still help. Just text 'Team Oskar' to 61474. Be The Match will contact you and send you a swab kit to find out if you could be the match for Oskar. Since Be The Match is a global effort, if you don't match with Oskar, you could match with someone else in need.

Gabi Guerrero

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