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Norah needs you

While most young girls are playing with their dolls and friends, five-year-old Norah Gratz-Lazarus is fighting for her life.

The family of a five-year-old girl is desperately searching for a bone marrow donor as she battles a rare blood disorder.

Norah Gratz-Lazarus, from Alameda, California, was diagnosed with a genetic disease called fanconi anemia. Fanconi anemia is a rare, inherited blood disorder in which bone marrow cannot make enough new blood cells.

Fanconi anemia occurs in one in 160,000 people worldwide and is most common among Ashkenazi Jews – like Norah – and black South Africans, according to the National Institutes of Health.

In the US, just 31 babies are born with the disease every year.

8800410-6616089-image-m-16_1548093185526Treatments include blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants and medication to help the body make more red blood cells. The cure is a bone marrow transplant, but neither of her parents nor her younger brother are matches.

For months, Norah’s family has been searching for a bone marrow donor but, of the seven million people on the national donor registry, not one person in the system found to be a match.

IMG_0573Norah is relying on a stranger to be her perfect match so she can continue to play with her dolls and friends.

To learn more on how to become a bone marrow donor for Norah, click here.

 

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