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“Be the Match” for a 5-year-old girl 

Be the Match, one of the largest bone marrow registries in the world, is seeking a donor of Ashkenazi Jewish descent to potentially save the life of five-year-old Norah Gratz-Lazarus of Alameda, California.

In 2018, Norah was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia, which affects her ability to produce new blood cells and interferes with her body’s ability to properly repair its DNA. Left untreated, this disease increases her risk of leukemia or bone marrow failure by 90 percent. The little Jewish girl – whom her family describes as an expert joke-teller, modern dancer, ice cream-licker, and loving big sister – will need a blood stem cell transplant as part of her treatment. Unfortunately, Norah does not have a perfect match identified on the donor registry.

Joining the registry is easy and only takes a simple cheek swab to potentially save a life.

To find out more about joining the registry on Norah’s behalf visit: www.norahneedsyou.com or http://join.bethematch.org/swabForNorah.

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