School rallies around student with rare form of leukemia who needs bone marrow transplant

A student at Elizabeth Seton High School in Maryland is in a fight for her life.

16-year-old Carly Nguyen has a rare form of leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. 

In January, she started to feel sluggish and tired during lacrosse workouts. A few weeks later, she got a nosebleed that wouldn't stop.

The diagnosis came in March - her bone marrow was being infiltrated by a rare form of leukemia.

Her doctors at Children's National Medical Center say she'll need a bone marrow transplant by July. But there aren't a lot of Vietnamese and Asians on the donor rolls right now which makes it difficult to find a match.

Classmates at her school are asking people, especially those in the Vietnamese community, to do a simple cheek swab to see if they're a match. They hosted a bone marrow match drive on Friday and have also made comfort kits for Carly and the friends she made at the hospital.

Carly's 17th birthday is next week and she'll be getting her 3rd round of chemotherapy.

Here are Some Ways You Can Help:

Spread the word on social media using hashtags: #CaringForCarly #E4C #Everything4Carly #SetonStrong

More info about the Bone Marrow Donor Match Drive: http://www.setonhs.org/page.cfm?p=427&newsid=348

You can donate by visiting Carly's GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/caringforcarly

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