Blood marrow drives are scheduled all across the state of California to help a Los Angeles woman who is fighting for her life.
Carol Martin-Hicks, a two-time breast cancer survivor, thought she was cancer free and then discovered she has leukemia.
Without a bone marrow transplant the wife and mother of two has a slim chance of survival.
No one in the database of registered bone marrow donors provided a match. Martin-Hicks’ siblings could not provide a match either.
Martin-Hicks’ Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters are rallying communities all across the U.S. to find a bone marrow donor.
“She’s just amazing,” said Dr. Darlene V. Willis, President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc SD Grad Chapter.
"We have to make this a priority because this is a life. There's nothing more valuable than life,” Willis said.
Here in San Diego, the drive will be held Saturday, March 16, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alpha Center at 6323 Imperial Avenue. Ideally, they're looking for peple 18-44.
African Americans make up only 7 percent of the 10 million registered donors so the word is spreading to other California cities to try and encourage members of the community to donate.
"We can do this. I bet you have a donor out there that could match her,” Willis said.
For more information on Carol Martin-Hicks and the process of bone marrow donation, click her page on BeTheMatchFoundation.org.