Bone marrow donor registration drive draws scores

  • Potential lifesavers register with Be The Match Hawaii on Saturday. The bone marrow registration drive held Saturday in Kailua-Kona seeks to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who was diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers worked quickly to register and collect swabs during Saturday's Be The Match Hawaii bone marrow registration drive in Kailua-Kona to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who was diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers worked quickly to register and collect swabs during Saturday's Be The Match Hawaii bone marrow drive in Kailua-Kona to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who was diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • As if they weren't lifesavers already, Hawaii Fire Department personnel register Saturday with Be The Match Hawaii to see if they might be the match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who needs a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kamaile Gross swabs her cheek Saturday during a drive-through bone marrow registration drive in Kailua-Kona to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who was diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers wave signs to garner potential bone marrow donors Saturday during a drive-through bone marrow registration drive in Kailua-Kona to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Volunteers carry signs along Henry Street to garner potential bone marrow donors Saturday during a drive-through bone marrow registration drive in Kailua-Kona to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Daniel Perry swabs his cheek Saturday during a drive-through bone marrow registration drive in Kailua-Kona to find a match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who was diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. Inset top: Volunteers wave signs to garner potential bone marrow donors. Inset bottom: Potential lifesavers register with Be The Match Hawaii on Saturday. Bottom right: Kamaile Gross swabs her cheek to see if she’s a match. (Photos by Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

A bone marrow registration drive seeking a donor match for an 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii grad drew scores to looking to “be the match” Saturday in Kailua-Kona.

The six-hour event was held with the hope of finding a bone marrow donor match for 18-year-old Kamehameha Schools Hawaii graduate Jaden Ah Mow, who was diagnosed in January with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.

Nainoa Wong, Be the Match Hawaii’s community and engagement representative, said 121 people were registered during Saturday’s event.

Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. All of those who registered Saturday will be entered into the registry and could be a match for Ah Mow or another person.

Those who weren’t able to attend the event in person can still answer the questionnaire at www.bethematchhawaii.org and have a swab kit mailed to them.

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