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High School Launches Campaign to Find Matching Bone Marrow Donor for Teen With Cancer

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    High School Launches Campaign to Find Matching Bone Marrow Donor for Teen With Cancer
    Testing donors requires a mouth swab.

    Carly Nguyen is fighting for her life. And people who might be able to help her may be in our area -- if Nguyen can find them.

    Nguyen has acute myelogenous leukemia. This week, she learned she needs a bone marrow transplant. 

    So her school, Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland, has rallied around her with one cause: Find a matching donor.

    The school swabbed volunteers Friday, hoping to find someone who can donate to Nguyen, who will turn 17 next week.

    "We are all sisters," said Savannah Johnson, a 2014 graduate of the private, all-girls school. "What impacts one impacts all of us."

    And they're hoping for help from the wider community, too -- especially among Asian Americans. Nguyen is Vietnamese, and Asian Americans are critically underrepresented in national bone marrow registries, according to the Asian-American Donor Program.

    "We know that being a bone marrow donor, you can save not only Carly's life but someone who's going through the same challenge," said Melissa Davey of Elizabeth Seaton.

    If you would like to be swabbed to see if you are a match for Nguyen or someone else, go to BeTheMatch.org, or contact Davey at mdavey@setonhs.org to request a swab kit.