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Family of Kauai infant battling aggressive cancer seeks bone marrow donor

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 6:25 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2021 at 3:35 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The family of a Kauai infant battling an aggressive cancer is asking people to register as potential bone marrow donors.

Seeley Borges, who is only 8 weeks old, is currently being treated for acute myeloid leukemia on Oahu.

Her family is hoping a bone marrow donor will emerge and help save her life.

“When we first found out about her diagnosis, the oncologist actually told us a lot of times we’ll feel helpless. There’s nothing we can do. It’s a lot of waiting and a lot of medicine,” said Hayley Borges, Seely’s mother.

“But the doctor said the best thing we can do is encourage our community, especially Hawaii, to join things like this so that when there’s a person in need, a baby in need, it’s easy for them to find a match.”

A donor drive was held on Saturday at the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers’ main office in Kalihi Kai.

While the in-person drive is now over, people can still register to be a bone marrow donor online.

The family said they are hoping that more local people will sign up in order to find the prefect match.

To register to be a potential donor, click here.

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