ATLANTA (WAOK)The call for help for 11 year old Valaria Fenderson was answered on Friday during a bone marrow donor drive held at Spelman College. Valaria Fenderson has sickle cell anemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. Dozens of students from the Atlanta University Center and many who heard Valaria’s story on WAOK and V-103 and saw the story on 11 Alive Television, stopped by Spelman to not only see if they were a match for the young girl but to also sign up for the Bone Marrow Registry.The team has partnered with Be A Match, a global organization devoted to finding bone marrow donors. The test is painless. A simple swab of the cheek will tell if you are a match for Valaria or someone else. Once you are in the registry, you stay on the list as a possible life saver until you are 61 years old.
African Americans traditionally do not register for the bone marrow registry. Organizers say if an african american person needs a bone marrow transplant another person of the same ethnic background is the best possible chance for a match.
Valaria and her mother were on hand to thank those who stopped by. Camika Fenderson fought back tears as she told several people how much she appreciated their support.
Valaria says she is looking forward to attending next weekend’s FSO event sponsored by WAOK and V-103 so she can meet her favorite group….MINDLESS BEHAVIOR!
There is also a Facebook page set up with information on Valaria’s story. Check it out here
Check out some of the pictures from the event for