Donor Match Drive for Devan

How you can help this child with leukemia

By Nancy Norman
|  Sunday, May 16, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Donor Drive For Devan

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Donor Drive For Devan

Four-year-old Devan Tatlow is up against the clock to find a donor who is a match for a bone marrow transplant.
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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 22: Swab a Cheek, Save a Life (www.swabacheek.org)
Rockville, Maryland

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 

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