SPOKANE, Wash—About 350 people visited the fire station Downtown Saturday to help find a bone marrow match for a seven-year-old girl with leukemia.
The Spokane Fire Department hosted the registry drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. hoping to find a match for London Bowater.
Representatives said Bowater battled cancer for three years and learned the leukemia returned just three weeks before finishing treatment. Bowater restarted an intense round of chemotherapy, hoping to go back into remission in preparation for a bone marrow transplant.
Officials said siblings are often bone marrow matches, in an estimated one-in-every 540 people. Bowater’s siblings were not matches.
“London does not have a match in the registry yet so the more people that we have in the registry the better chance we have of all our patients finding a match,” said Community Outreach Representative, Magda Silva.