GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Be the match and you could help save a life, like a little boy named Artan Gelle who we told you about on KARE 11 Sunrise.
The 1-year-old from Minneapolis has a rare immune system disorder called severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID. Artan's only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant from someone outside of his family. But because of Artan's African heritage, his odds of finding a match are more challenging.
Artan's father, Abdullah Warsame, along with Kristine Reed from the Be the Match Registry joined us with more on a nationwide effort in July to encourage minorities to join the registry and potentially save the life of someone like Artan.
For more information about how to join the Be The Match Registry, visit SwabPlusDNA.org. People can also text the words "DNA" to 50555 to contribute $10, which helps cover the costs of adding people to the marrow registry.
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