Kaiser Permanente will hold a bone marrow drive Thursday and Friday to help find a match for a child in need of a transplant.
Three-year-old Kyle Rodas of Sylmar was diagnosed with acute leukemia shortly after his first birthday, hospital officials said. Doctors assessed his chance of survival at just 5% without a bone marrow transplant.
While the bone marrow drive is open to all potential donors, hospital officials said they are specifically seeking Latino donors because they are most likely to provide a match with Kyle, who is Latino.
Minority marrow donors make up just 7% of the potential donors listed on the National Marrow Donor Transplant Registry, hospital officials said. Minority donors are needed because bone marrow must be matched according to specific tissue traits.