A four-year-old Belle Meade boy battling leukemia is in critical need of a bone marrow transplant. Family members told Nashville's News 2 Aiden McIntosh's diagnosis was a shock. "The original diagnosis was this was childhood leukemia and had about a 95% survival rate," explained grandfather Roger Lancina. "Less than a week later the family learned Aiden's diagnosis was more serious than originally thought. "[They] said we've really got to change our prediction," Roger recalled. "This is much worse than we thought." Doctors told the family the survival rate with the type of leukemia Aiden is battling is very low without a bone marrow transplant. "I haven't slept a night since all this," grandmother Wilma Lancina told Nashville's News 2.On Wednesday, in an effort to find a bone marrow match family, friends and strangers all went under testing. Aiden's grandparents were on hand to greet the dozens of volunteers who came to undergo the swab test that is necessary to find a match. Volunteers who underwent the pain-free testing took a cotton swab and rubbed it alongside four areas in their mouth.
The swab is then sent to a lab where researchers examine the possible donor's bone marrow and stem cells. "[Aiden] has a long life to live and we all want to be part of it," family friend Dianna Shipley said after undergoing testing. Those who underwent testing on Wednesday will be placed on a national marrow match registry. If a match is found for Aiden, health professionals said his chance of survival significantly increases. A second marrow match drive will be held next week in Belle Meade.Details regarding the upcoming drive have yet to be released.
For more information on how to be a bone marrow donor, visit Marrow.org.
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