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Bone marrow registry event Saturday could help Gulfport boy

Zayen Williams (Photo source: Family photo) Zayen Williams (Photo source: Family photo)
Zayne Williams, 13, is in need of a bone marrow transplant. (Photo source: Williams family) Zayne Williams, 13, is in need of a bone marrow transplant. (Photo source: Williams family)
A bone marrow drive for Zayne is being held Saturday at Edgewater Mall. (Photo source: Williams family) A bone marrow drive for Zayne is being held Saturday at Edgewater Mall. (Photo source: Williams family)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Zayen Williams recently turned 13, a big day for most teenagers. But on Saturday, he could get the best present of all: a bone marrow match.

The Gulfport teen has been traveling to back and forth to medical appointments for aplastic anemia, and needs a bone marrow transplant. Saturday afternoon the Student Nurses Association at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will hold a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive in hopes of finding a match for Williams. 

Be The Match is an organization that helps people become part of the bone marrow registry. The organization received a huge national push when Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts battled a rare form of cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant. Though Roberts received a transplant from her sister, she helped publicize Be The Match for others in need of a donor.

Organizers of the drive hope someone who sign ups will be a match for Zayen.

Those who wish to register will have their cheeks swabbed, and fill out a short form to be entered as possible donors. Within a few weeks, those registered will receive a donor card.

The event at Edgewater Mall will take place near Books-A-Million and the carousel from noon until 6 p.m.

People can also register as a donor to receive the kit in the mail by visiting Be The Match's website

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