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With Time Running Out for Toddler, Murrieta Volunteers Sought to See if They Are a Bone Marrow Match

Sofia Flores needs a marrow transplant to fight acute myeloid leukemia, but finding a match has been difficult because of her mixed ethnicity.

Sofia Flores.  Photo courtesy: A3M
Sofia Flores. Photo courtesy: A3M

Dozens of volunteers turned out in Long Beach this week to help find a bone marrow donor for a 2-year-old Pasadena girl with leukemia-- and now it's Murrieta's turn.

Sofia Flores needs a marrow transplant to fight acute myeloid leukemia, but finding a match has been difficult because of her mixed ethnicity, according to her family. Sofia's heritage is Hispanic and Caucasian.

Sofia has about two more months left to find a donor match, according to Sara Arroyo, an outreach and recruitment coordinator for A3M, which tries to find bone marrow matches for difficult cases.

"That's the only time she has left," Arroyo said. "No other drug or medication is going to save her but a bone marrow transplant, so it is a very urgent thing."

The application and cheek swab only take about five minutes, and representatives from A3M will be at The Mill Restaurant in Murrieta on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We want as many people to register, so she has the best chance possible," Arroyo said.  

According to Arroyo, only about one out of every 540 people who register are ever called upon as a marrow match.

To donate, you must be between 18 and 44 years old and in general good health.

If you can't make the local event, you can also sign up for the donor registry online at:  join.bethematch.org/teamsofia



--City News Service contributed to this report.

southernbelle March 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM
@RENEE SCHIAVONE-- I am being harassed. STEVE NEWMAN, aka KMA, is following me around the boards I post in and harassing/trolling me, and Alek J Hidell, as is his usual M.O. Please ban him again. thank you.
Alek J Hidell March 16, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Agreed Rene. he probably was the instigator with Kleiner too. You should have IP banned them BOTH. now hes just found another person to harass.
ChrisG March 16, 2014 at 06:17 PM
@belle, don't say trolling 'that' way. He will think no means yes. :)
southernbelle March 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM
I hope Sofia has found a donor by now! After all, this article is …pay attention now, Steve…about HER, JUST HER…and getting this precious child the help she needs to live. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ you are sincerely pathetic to derail this article with your narcissism. get help.

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