Bone marrow registry drive held for 11-year-old Kyle Markes, of Stamford

A bone marrow registry drive was held to help find a potential donor for 11-year-old Kyle Markes. (7/21/13)

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NORWALK - Family, friends and total strangers came together today in the hopes of saving the life of an 11-year-old boy from Stamford.

A bone marrow registry drive was held to help find a potential donor for 11-year-old Kyle Markes. The boy has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and his condition recently worsened, so organizers say today's drive was critical.

None of Markes' family members are matches for Kyle’s marrow. They are praying that one of the people who turned out today to have their cheek swabbed with cotton will turn out to be the person who can help save the boy's life.

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Family members say finding a donor is particularly difficult because it's based largely on ethnicity and age. Kyle Markes is of Jamaican descent, so they are looking for a potential donor who is between the ages of 18 and 44, and who is of African or Afro-Caribbean descent.

Today's drive was held at Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, and two more will be held in upcoming weeks. Everyone who registered today was added to a national registry for bone marrow transplants.

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