Baby in need of a bone marrow match

June 4, 2011 9:10:26 AM PDT
An absolutely adorable 1-year-old girl is suffering from an absolutely horrible and rare life-threatening disease. Now there is a celebrity-led effort to find a bone marrow match for Ayelet Galena as soon as possible.

She is so vulnerable that to go in her hospital room, you need to wear a mask and gloves.

"She is the most important thing in my life - I just want to make sure we have many more years together," Ayelet's father, Seth Galena, said.

Isabel Greyson is with DKMS Americas, the group looking for a bone marrow donor. So far, celebrities such as Rihanna, Eva Mendes and 50 Cent are in the mix to help find a match for Ayelet.

"Ayelet has a severe bone marrow deficiency that impairs her ability to support an immune system, and so getting a transplant is going to be her lifeline," said Hindy Galena, Ayelet's mother.

"It is a 15-second swab inside your cheek to see if you're a match to save a life," Greyson said.

The family and DKMS have organized a donor-registration drive where people can stop by to get swabbed all day Sunday. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center at 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th street.

LINK: DKMS Americas
LINK: The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
LINK: The American Cancer Society