Reporter Trymaine Lee writes about 11-year-old Imani Cornelius and her search for a match. Imani was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, which could develop into leukemia if she doesn’t receive a bone marrow transplant.
It is difficult for Imani to find a match because she is biracial. A person is most likely to find a match from someone who is the same race or ethnicity, but there are not enough people from minority races listed on the Be The Match Registry.
Myths about marrow donation keep people away from donating, but Tionne Watkins of TLC stepped in to help spread the word about how to join the Be The Match Registry to potentially save a life. Imani’s parents are committed to spreading the word about how important it is to be a donor.
The story includes information about the need for more African Americans to join the registry and features an interview with Be The Match National Account Executive, Nadya Dutchin.