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April 11, 2008        






Los Angeles Residents have the Power to Save a Life


Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Hosts Blood and Bone Marrow Donor Drive on Saturday May 17, 2008



Los Angeles, California. –April 11, 2008Los Angeles residents have the opportunity to save a life on May 17, 2008 by joining the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at a very special event being held during the Thanks Mom national donor drive. Each day, thousands of patients are searching for a life-saving marrow, blood cell transplant, or blood transfusion and Los Angeles residents could be a match.

               Childrens Hospital Los Angeles will host a Blood and Bone Marrow Donor Drive as well as a Celebrity Autograph Signing Session at 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 as part of Thanks Mom, NMDP’s largest awareness campaign of the year that runs May 5 through May 19.

              Hailey Joy Kent was born a beautiful and healthy little girl who had a big start in her show business career at the tender age of two months old. Hailey and her twin brother Ryan’s resumes include roles on such shows as “Medium", "Standoff", and ABC's top hit show "Grey's Anatomy".  At 3 months old, and the day that Hailey was to be on the set of “According to Jim”, she was rushed to the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of Leukemia known as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) - or more specifically an even rarer form of ALL known as Mixed Lineage Leukemia. Her life was literally saved by blood transfusions from loved ones and complete strangers alike. Later, she needed a stem cell transplant which she received from an anonymous donor found with the help of the National Marrow Donor Program. Although Hailey was incredibly blessed to find her life saving match, every single day people in need of either a blood donation or a Bone Marrow transplant die. Hailey is now 22 months old, and although she is still far from being out of the woods, she has been given a second chance at life through others’ generosity.

      If you don't already know someone that has been in a situation where they have needed blood transfusions or a bone marrow transplant to survive, then chances are eventually you will. On May 17, 2008 you will have the opportunity to help those like Hailey.


Make A Difference!


Date: Saturday, May 17, 2008


Time: 9am-1pm


Place: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90027


Benefiting: The National Marrow Donor Program


Childrens Hospital Los Angeles



About the National Marrow Donor Program

     Every day, 6,000 patients in need of a life-saving marrow transplant search the NMDP Registry for a donor. Because only 30 percent will find a matching donor within their family, volunteer donors are needed. Los Angeles residents will have the opportunity to join nearly 7 million Americans on the NMDP Registry who are committed to saving lives.

     Having a diverse Registry is key. Doctors look for a close match of tissue traits between donors and patients. Common traits are more likely to be found among people of the same racial or ethnic heritage.

     Joining the Registry is easy. Those who attend the drive will have the inside of their cheeks swabbed and will be asked to fill out some paperwork. Donors may also join online at For more information call 1 (800) MARROW-2 or visit Join online at


About Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

     This world renowned facility provides cutting edge health care to the sickest and most traumatically injured children in the Los Angeles area and beyond. Each year Childrens Hospital Los Angeles treats over 93,000 children who may not have gotten the care they needed anywhere else. Please visit CHLA’s website to learn more: