Swab for Norah

A local non-profit religious organization is holding an event to help a five-year-old Alameda native.

The Chabad of Alameda is putting together the “Swab for Norah” event Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Italian American League (IRL) Hall.

The purpose of the event is to find a bone marrow match for five-year-old Norah. Norah was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia (FA). FA interferes with her body's ability to properly repair its DNA. If untreated, it increases her risk of leukemia or bone marrow failure to 90 percent. Norah will need a bone marrow transplant. The event is designed to find Norah’s match.

None of Norah’s family members are a match for her. While finding an exact bone marrow match is difficult, the likelihood of a match increases substantially among ancestral lines, and for Norah this means her family is looking primarily for a donor with Jewish Ashkenazi (Eastern European) ancestry. However, Norah's family is also determined to increase the pool of potential bone marrow donors in the registry for all those in need of a transplant, as a lack of diverse donors, and mixed-race donors in particular, contributes to health inequities.

Stop over to the drive at the IRL, located at 2712 Encinal Ave. between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. to get swabbed. To learn more, visit www.norahneedsyou.com. If you can't make it to the event please consider ordering a free swab kit from https://join.bethematch.org/SwabforNorah.