A call for help
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Better known as LJ, Lloyd Jones appears to be a typical 10-year-old kid. He wears his baseball cap backwards, prefers art to math and loves basketball.
But LJ is not a typical kid. He has a rare blood disease that is almost impossible to pronounce but even more difficult to live with. More
A little part of you
Want to be a lifesaver?
You needn’t sprint toward the nearest burning building or leap into raging waters. Instead, consider becoming a donor. Blood and blood products, and particularly bone marrow and organs are sorely needed by millions of children and adults dealing with life-threatening illnesses, blood loss or accidents. More
Courtesy of National Marrow Donor Program