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Bone marrow donor drive to be held for babies

Anayia Skipper, who is 20 months old, and her 5-month-old brother, Xander, are believed to have a disease called HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis).

April 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
You can help give the gift of life to two siblings with a rare blood disease.

Anayia Skipper, who is 20 months old, and her 5-month-old brother, Xander, are believed to have a disease called HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis).

The majority of HLH cases in children under a year old are genetic.

A bone marrow transplant may be the only chance both children have to survive.

Typically, siblings are a perfect match for a donor, but in this case Anaiya and Zander can't help each other.

A donor drive for the children is scheduled for Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Southern California.