12-year-old girl holding bone marrow drive

12-year-old girl holding bone marrow drive

A twelve-year-old girl is raising money for bone marrow donations and awareness of the need for donors.

Alixzandria Johnson was selling Hawaiian ices, cookies and other treats outside the Utopia salon in Marquette today.

She’s raising money for Be The Match.

The group pairs bone marrow donors with patients suffering from leukemia or other blood cancers.

“My mom had a friend in high school. His sister was diagnosed with it, and she found a match through Be The Match,” she said. “And then, about a month ago, her friend got called to be tested because he could be a possible match for someone.”

Volunteers for the bone marrow donor registry must be between 18 and 44 years old.

Ali wants to raise as much money as she can to cover the costs of registering new donors.

“I’m just trying to get $750, and I’m trying to register at least 30 people, if not more,” she said.

Ali will be out raising more money at Utopia three times in July as well.

On July 10th, she’ll be taking names for the donor registry.

If you want to know more about Be The Match, you can visit their website.

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