Umpqua Bank will host a bone marrow drive Monday in hopes of finding a donor match for a 5-month-old Eugene girl who suffers from “bubble boy disease.”
The drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the downtown Umpqua Bank branch at 445 S.E. Main St. Donors must be between 18 and 44 years old. A cheek swab will be taken and sent to the international registry Be the Match.
Organizer Shelly Sanders, a consumer loan assistant for Umpqua Bank, said more than 500 swab kits have been ordered for the Roseburg drive.
It is part of a statewide effort to find a match for Harlow Powers, a baby who suffers from a genetic immunodeficiency syndrome which renders its victims so vulnerable to infectious diseases that some have to live in a sterile environment. It can be treated with bone marrow transplant.