Marrow donor needed for local 3-year-old

Drive planned today to find potential match
Jun. 29, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Those wanting to help a young Lee County girl with a rare blood disorder can do so today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Payton Lawson, 3, was diagnosed with a disorder known as HLH about a year ago, and now she needs a bone marrow transplant. Her grandmother, Cynthia Galyean, who owns Small Hands-Big Future Child Care near the COTY plant, said she's not asking anyone to donate marrow today. All she's asking, she said, is for people to come by the day care and get their cheeks swabbed to see if they might be a potential donor for Payton or anyone else who needs a transplant.

Volunteers at the day care, located at 1112 Broadway Road, will also be washing cars in exchange for donations to the Liam's Lighthouse Foundation, named after a boy who died of complications from the disorder at 20 months old.

"It's a challenge," Galyean said. "We live day by day. We never know."

People who wants more information can call the child care center at (919) 718-9434.


WHAT: Fundraiser and donor identification drive for local girl in need of transplant

WHEN: Today, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Small Hands-Big Future Child Care, 1112 Broadway Road