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During Her 7 Year Search Little Girl Inspires Thousands To Become Bone Marrow Donors

by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

Approximately every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, according to DKMS.

When Hallie was 13 months old, she was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) and she is currently looking for a bone marrow match.

DBA is a congenital erythroid aplasia that usually occurs when a person is an infant. DBA causes low red blood cell counts, which causes anemia. DBA is very rare. Less than 800 children are diagnosed with this disorder in the US. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant.

Hallie’s Heroes was founded by Hallie’s mom, Elyse, Barnard, as a way to help others find a bone marrow donor. Now they have teamed up for DKMS to inspire as many people as possible to register as bone marrow donors.

The supporters Hallie has gained have come together and they have gotten 2,200 people to register! “I am so excited to be an Ambassador for DKMS,” 8 -year-old Hallie said, “My mom started Hallie’s Heroes as a way to find my match but after learning so many other people need matches as well, our journey just got bigger.”

To learn how to become one of Hallie’s Heroes, you can find out more here!

If you enjoy seeing children like Hallie working hard to help others, you will also love this young man that helped raised $1 million for his best friend after he got cancer.

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