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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bone Marrow Drive and Fundraiser for Lexi a 2½-Year-Old Santa Barbara Local

Be the One to Save a Life

Lexi, a 2½-year old Santa Barbara local, is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant. Just a few minutes of your time could make the difference in saving Lexi’s life.


Join Mishay Salon & Spa, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and The City of Hope and show your support to Lexi and her family this Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Mishay Salon & Spa located at 2728 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, 93105.

Bring the whole family for food, music, face painting, raffle prizes, jumper and more. Give a simple cheek swab to determine if you are the Bone Marrow Match that will make the difference.

Lexi was diagnosed with AML Leukemia on Sep 3, 2010 – one week before her second birthday. What started with a cold and several ear infections became every parent’s worst nightmare. After being diagnosed she went through six months of chemotherapy and went into remission. Lexi has a strong spirit and fought through those six months like a champ with barely a complaint.

In May of this year, Lexi’s family welcomed Caleb, their second child into the world. According to her parents, she is the best big sister a kid could ask for. The family saved Caleb’s cord blood when he was born in hopes that he would be a match should Lexi need a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately she does and he is not a match.

In June, Lexi relapsed and is now receiving Chemo treatments once again. The goal is to get her back into remission. Once she is in remission, she will need a Bone Marrow Transplant to save her life. Her best hope is to find a match in order to get her the transplant in time. She is an amazing little girl, who is the world to her family and those that know her.

In the last three weeks with the assistance of The City of Hope, the Santa Barbara community has organized 12 Bone Marrow Drives submitting over 400 Bone Marrow tests into the National Bone Marrow Registry, each one hoping to be a match to help Lexi. Sadly, a match has yet to be found. YOU can still help. Join us this Sunday for a fun and inspirational day!!!

AML is the most common type of Acute Leukemia. More than 11,900 new cases occur in the United States each year, mostly in older adults. The average age of a person with AML is 65 years. Fewer than 10% of people with AML are children.

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