News 12 @ 11 o'clock/ Saturday, July 12, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- One family is searching for what they call, a one in a million chance.
Five-year-old Alex Moore was diagnosed just over a month ago with a very rare disease called Aplastic Anemia.
Doctors say what he needs now is a bone marrow transplant. They've already tested the family and no one was a match. So now they're asking the community to help save their son.
Matthew Moore says his five-year-old son Alex, is all boy. But on June fourth everything changed. "You're life can change in one phone call or one accident. Ours changed in one trip to the doctor's office," he said.
Alex had a fever and a sore throat, so the Moore's took him to the doctor. After taking antibiotics, his symptoms did not go away, and his fever went up, so his parents took him to the hospital. After seeing bruises on Alex's legs, doctors first thought he had Leukemia, but after running more tests, they realized, it was worse.
"At first you would think you'd be relieved your child doesn't have cancer but the first thing in my head was a doctor tell me, it's worse," Moore said.
The diagnosis was Aplastic Anemia. Alex's body doesn't make enough blood cells, so what he needs now is a bone marrow transplant. The family isn't a match, so they're asking the community to help Alex, and get tested. And getting tested is as easy as a cotton swab.
Hundreds of people came to Trinity Baptist Church, where Moore is the pastor, to see if they're a match. Even though being a match is one in a million, the Moore family has faith.
"God's going to heal him, that stranger is going to come forward and be the match for my son," Moore said.
And to all the people who have come out in support so far, the family has a message.
"If I never get to meet you, if I never get to come and see you face to face and shake your hand, I want to tell you thank you," he said.
Be the match will be at Trinity Baptist Church Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. The Moore family wants you to know that even if you might not match Alex, you could be saving someone else's life, just by getting tested.
When you get tested, you join the national bone marrow registry, so you are able to get matched with any potential person in need of a bone marrow transplant, including Alex.
If you are not able to go to a drive, this link will take you to the bone marrow registry.