WASHINGTON - A woman is fighting to keep her niece alive, and she's asking the community to help.
Rorie, 3, is a beautiful little girl who likes dolls. Rorie's aunt, Charisa Ausfahl of Washington, says her smile can light up a room.
"She's such a sweet girl and you should hear her when she laughs," said Ausfahl.
But lately, there's been less smiling. Recently Rorie, who lives in Texas, was diagnosed with leukemia.
She desperately needs a bone marrow transplant soon.
"It's been hard being in Illinois," said Ausfahl. "I don't like feeling I can't really do much."
So she's doing something about. With the help of a donor registry, she hosted a bone marrow drive at Camp Good News in Washington.
"Finding a match for Rorie would mean giving her a whole new life and she could become a new little girl," said Taylor Seemuth, organizer for "Be the Match."
With a simple swab of the mouth, Rorie's life could be saved, and her family says she's running out of time.
"Rorie is really fighting hard to give us time to find a match. And doctors say the timeline to find her match is early March," said Ausfahl.
That's why these drives are being done specifically for Rorie, and they need as many donors as possible. It only takes one match to save her life.
This was the first of a series of bone marrow drives for Rorie.
The upcoming drives are listed below:
ISU-Bone Student Center
February 18, 2013 10AM-3PM
Proctor First Care
1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, IL
February 21, 10AM-3PM
Five Points Washington Library
380 N. Wilmor Rd.
February 21, 3:45 - 7:45 PM