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4-year-old's bone marrow transplant status elevated to urgent

October 27, 2009 |  1:08 pm

MayaOutposts has just learned that the bone marrow transplant status for 4-year-old Maya Chamberlin is now classified as urgent, according to her mother Mina.

"It really is crunch time but this is not a game -- it's a precious life that you might be able to save -- can you really let this opportunity go by and wonder for the rest of your life whether you could have saved her life?" pleads 976-Tuna founder Philip Friedman.

The 976-Tuna Youth Fishing Program has been sponsoring a bone marrow drive hoping to find a match for Maya, who is the niece of Dr. Dave Patel. Dave is heavily involved with the 976-Tuna Youth Fishing Program, which introduces children to the enjoyment of saltwater fishing in an effort to instill an appreciation of nature and the marine ecosystem of Southern California. Many participants have never had the opportunity to go fishing or out on a boat. 

"All we need is a quick and painless swab to see if you are a match," said Philip.

Potential donors can register on the Be The Match national bone marrow donor program website and a test kit will be mailed to them.

Maya, featured in an earlier post, was diagnosed Sept. 14 with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare disorder that, without treatment, advances rapidly and is usually fatal. Even though it's not cancer, she will have to undergo chemotherapy.

To help, call Philip at (310) 328-8426 or e-mail him. 

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: 976-Tuna