HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Wicksburg High School kicked off a “Be the Match” campaign to help one of its students who recently was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia — a rare genetic condition that affects only 30 children each year in the U.S.
Hayden Farmer, a 2nd grader at Wicksburg, is a cheerleader and also little Miss Andalusia but she now could face bone marrow failure, leukemia or tumors.
Anyone ages 18-44 are encouraged to sign up to see if they might be a match for Hayden. It only takes a simple cheek swab and less than 5 minutes to register.
“This is related to her original defect at birth which was Duodenal Atresia, which is also a rare defect. It is a blockage between the stomach and the intestines,” Windy Farmer said.
“With it being only one in 430 people who are considered to be a match, in any case, we wanted to get the word out and the more people that could get on the registry, the more people we could possibly help,” FCCLA sponsor Danna Hollis said.
The school is hosting the marrow donor program today through Saturday.
They will also be registering people at the football field Friday night in the hopes of finding a match for Hayden.