Not too late to help! Bone marrow drive at NU for Brookline girl on Thursday

Posted by Erica Noonan  May 26, 2010 06:58 PM

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So many kind people spread the word about Devan Tatlow, the Washington DC toddler who needs a bone marrow match.

His story was picked up by media outlets around the world and Twittered by celebrities like Demi Moore and Lance Armstrong. (Paris Hilton, I never thought I'd be saying this, but you just won big brownie points from Boston.com Moms Nation.)

The fabulous news? Devan now has a partial provisional cord blood match!

But there's someone else, a 9-year-old living just a few miles away in Brookline. Her name is Sarah, and she and her parents also thought they had chldhood leukemia beat.

She was cancer-free for six years until it came back several months ago, and the first round of chemo hasn't worked.

Like Devan, she needs a match -- fast. Her best chance is most likely a donor of Jewish ancestry, but her family and friends are hoping anyone and everyone will stop in and get their cheek swabbed at Northeastern University's Curry Student Center on Thursday, May 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It's at 360 Huntington Ave., right on the MBTA's E green line train. The swab is quick, painless and free -- all insurance plans cover it.

If you aren't Sarah's match, you might be the answer to some other family's prayers. And, like Paris Hilton, you get big brownie points from Boston.com Moms Nation. What more could anyone ask for?

Thank you.

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Erica Noonan is chief of the Globe West bureau. Before joining the Globe in 2000, she worked for the Associated Press in Boston. Raised in Wellesley, she has a master's degree in political communication from Emerson College and a BA in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio. She lives in Natick with two energetic children: Dennis, 6, and Lila, 4.

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