Aryanna Brewer, a pregnant mother of three, is appealing to the community to register as bone marrow donors as she fights cancer for the second time. Brewer, who is currently 25 weeks pregnant with her fourth child, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She previously beat the disease as a teenager almost ten years ago.
Brewer needs a bone marrow transplant to treat her cancer, but the healthcare system in Nevada does not offer the necessary treatment for her condition. Doctors at UCLA Medical Center are confident that they can provide the required care and save the baby. Brewer’s siblings are being tested as potential donors, but the chances of finding a perfect match are slim.
She has urged people to register with Be The Match, an international registry that matches donors with those in need of a blood stem cell transplant. Only 30% of patients find a fully matched donor within their family, making the registry a vital resource for many. Brewer emphasized that even if someone isn’t a match for her, they could potentially save someone else’s life.