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.