Updated:SEATTLE, Wash. —
A special drive to raise awareness about the need for bone marrow volunteers is planned for Super Bowl Sunday.
Julie Guillot's 9-year-old son, Zach, has been battling a rare form of childhood leukemia nearly half his young life.
We met her outside Seattle Children's Hospital where he is recuperating from his third stem cell transplant.
Two of his stem cell donors are so-called 'stranger' donors.
Guillot moved her family to Seattle from Dallas for the world-class treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Now she is hoping his story will entice others to join the bone marrow donor’s registry.
"We really want Zach's experience to be for a higher purpose," said Guillot, her voice breaking. "We want to find a cure for Zach but we want his story to inspire other people to enter the bone marrow registry, donate their (umbilical) cords, even donating blood."
The bone marrow drive is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow - yes, Super Bowl Sunday -- at the Arena Sports Hangar at Magnuson in Seattle.
They promise it takes just a few minutes to get a mouth swab to sign up.