Young Lou. girl needs bone marrow transplant, family organizes drive


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 11:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Hadley Mercer is in the fight of her life.  The 8-month-old is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to have a chance at living a normal life.

Hadley’s family and friends are hosting a ‘Be the Match’ bone marrow drive on Sunday, in hopes of finding a potential donor.

“If we could find a match we could save her life,” said Ashlie Mercer,   Hadley’s mother.

Mercer said her daughter had not experienced any complications until just two months ago.

“She wasn’t smiling, she wasn’t eating, she was just not herself,” Mercer said.  “I couldn’t get her to track.  Babies will follow your hand or a toy or whatever.  I couldn’t get her to move her eyes.”

After several doctor visits, Hadley was diagnosed with AML.  Ashley was nearly numb with shock when she heard the news.

“It was the single worst day of our lives, really,” she said.  “It was really, really scary because you don’t know what that means.”

Hadley has since undergone chemotherapy treatments, but doctor’s have said they believe Hadley’s best chance is through a bone marrow transplant.

The current bone marrow registry shows only five potential matches for Hadley.

‘Be the Match’ organizers said they are hopeful they will find a match at the event on Sunday.

Mercer said it was a group decision to reach out to the community for assistance and find a match.

Though she is so young, this is the only life Hadley knows, but it could all be different with just one match.

Mercer encourages residents to support the drive.

“You are going to be saving a life,” she said.  “If it’s not Hadley it’s going to be someone else.”

The ‘Be the Match’ bone marrow drive will be on Sunday, January 26 from noon until 5 p.m. in the school lobby of Holy Trinity.

To be tested for bone marrow, you must be between the ages of 18-44.  A simple cheek swab is all it takes to get on the registry and potentially save a life.