Family seeks rare marrow match for 6-year-old
The family of a Farmingville 6-year-old with Leukemia is desperately trying to find a suitable bone marrow donor and hoping a stranger can help save the child's life.
Juliana Buttner may not survive without the transplant. Her twin sister has been tested and is not a match. Her parents also tried to go through DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center. Out of 2 million registered donors, not one matched.
"We understand the reality that if a stranger doesn't step up to the plate, a child will die," says family friend Cyndi Poeggel.
A bone marrow drive will be held for Juliana Sunday.