St. Louis Blues Trying To Find Bone Marrow Match For Young Fan

Sign up online or at Monday night's game against the L.A. Kings

Tom Franklin
November 19, 2018 - 9:58 am

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St. Louis, MO (KMOX) — The St. Louis Blues will be on a mission Monday night in their Enterprise Center matchup with the Los Angeles Kings.

Besides trying to win the game, the Blues are also hoping to sign fans up for the "Be The Match" bone marrow registry. A table will be set-up near Portal 15 where fans can register to receive a swab kit that's mailed to them. If you can't make the game tonight, you can register online.

The inspiration for this is 10-year-old Laila Anderson. She was recently diagnosed with HLH, a disease that is so rare, only 15 other children in the world have been diagnosed with it. She started chemotherapy in October, but will require a stem cell transplant. Before that can happen, though, she needs a bone marrow match.

Anderson recently had a brain biopsy and received 65 stitches on her head. Her mother Heather was then inspired to place a call to her friend, Kelly Chase. He, along with Blues forward Alex Steen, then paid her a visit.

"He came in and said, 'Look how many scars I have, and I don't have one as cool as that. [Alexander> Steen doesn't have any teeth, and look at him! And we're tough guys, so you're a part of that club; you're a tough guy now.' and it just changed her whole attitude and her whole outlook on things," Heather recalled.

Once again, if you can't make the game tonight, you can register to be a bone marrow donor here.

Read more about Laila's fight against her rare disease here.