Four- year-old Devan Tatlow has leukemia and he is up against the clock to find a donor who will be a match for a bone marrow transplant.
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday in Turtle Park in Northwest to volunteer to take a simple test to see if they can be a match for Devan. A swab on the inside of the mouth is all it takes to be a part of the international bone marrow registry.
It is especially hard to find a donor who will match Devan because his father is Irish and his mother is of Indian descent. Of 8 million donors in the international registry, only 3 percent are mixed-race donors. But everyone who takes the test adds to the odds of thousands of people who desperately need to find a match.
There are three additional drives to find a match for Devan:
May 23: Palisades Community Church
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
May 27: Jewish Community Center
4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1529 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
To learn more about Devan and his devoted family check out www.matchdevan.com