Mass. school rallies to find donor for student with sickle cell

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Posted on June 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A simple swab inside the mouth could be a life saving action.

A bone marrow drive organized in Lawrence, Mass. by Jordan Franco's school and
teachers.

He's got sickle cell and needs a bone marrow transplant. The pain makes it hard to do everyday tasks, but what he misses most is playing football.

"(I miss it) a lot. I can't play this year cause of my sickle cell," he said.

His mom is grateful for those who are testing. Jordan and his sister have sickle cell

It can take up to 12 weeks for the test results. Franco's chances are about six
in ten or better.

His mother, Jennifer Martinez, said, "I'm looking forward to finding a match. If not for my son, then for some other kid out there."

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