Benjamin Gulizia-Cowing is in a fight for his life.
The 13-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia over the summer and, unlike 95 percent of children with his kind of leukemia, he has not gone into remission following his first round of chemotherapy.
Doctors have determined he will need a bone marrow transplant, but no matches have been found to date on the registry.
BetheMatch allows donors between 18 and 44 years old to take a simple swab of the inside of your cheek to get your information added to the international registry. Donors who are chosen would go through an outpatient procedure, and their bone marrow cells replace themselves within 4-6 weeks.
The Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem Ave., will host a bone marrow drive from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
Donors who cannot make this event or who are older than 44 years can find ways of donating by visiting www.bethematch.org.
Information courtesy of a message from the Oak Park Temple.