Carol Martin-Hicks, a two-time breast cancer survivor, discovered she has leukemia just when she thought she was cancer free. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.
Blood marrow drives are scheduled all across the state of California to help a Los Angeles woman who is fighting for her life.
Carol Martin-Hicks, a two-time breast cancer survivor, thought she was cancer free and then discovered she has leukemia.
Without a bone marrow transplant the wife and mother of two has a slim chance of survival.
No one in the database of registered bone marrow donors provided a match. Martin-Hicks’ siblings could not provide a match either.
Martin-Hicks’ Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters are rallying communities all across the U.S. to find a bone marrow donor.
“She’s just amazing,” said Dr. Darlene V. Willis, President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc SD Grad Chapter.
"We have to make this a priority because this is a life. There's nothing more valuable than life,” Willis said.
Here in San Diego, the drive will be held Saturday, March 16, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alpha Center at 6323 Imperial Avenue. Ideally, they're looking for peple 18-44.
African Americans make up only 7 percent of the 10 million registered donors so the word is spreading to other California cities to try and encourage members of the community to donate.
"We can do this. I bet you have a donor out there that could match her,” Willis said.
For more information on Carol Martin-Hicks and the process of bone marrow donation, click her page on BeTheMatchFoundation.org.