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Bone Marrow Donor Drive Held For 3-Year-Old Fighting Leukemia

By Emily Girsch.
A bone marrow drive was held at Vestal United Methodist Church Wednesday to help one of their own.

"Gabby's a very special, fun, energetic, princess-loving girl who really just lights up the room when she walks in," said Gabby's aunt Hedi Barry.

3-year-old Apalachin resident Gabriella Laubisch was first diagnosed with acute myelogenous lukemia in August 2014.

"Unfortunately last December she had a relapse and this time she'll need a bone marrow transplant," said Gabby's aunt Molly Morgan.

Representatives from bone marrow donor program, "Be the Match" were on site to assist donors with paperwork and a simple procedure, involving a swabbing of the cheek cells.

"Be the match is the nation's largest bone marrow registry," said senior community organizer Matt Garbin.

'We have about 13 million people on it. When anyone across the country or around the world needs a bone marrow donor to save their life, they and their doctors will come to our registry to try and find a match."

Garbin said the odds for caucasian patients are about 1 in 540 donors to find a match, though that ratio is much higher for minorities.

The drive tonight was held in honor of Gabby but it was also held to benefit anyone else in need of a bone marrow.

"Just knowing that we could be a potential match for anyone that's fighting is really powerful," said family friend Carrie Luke.

"Hopefully we can help someone to fight it."