LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - The Los Angeles Fire Department turned to social media on Monday in hopes of finding a bone marrow match for the 7-year-old son of a firefighter battling a life-threatening blood disorder.
Firefighter-paramedic Roger Sackaroff said that his son, Jesse, has found no bone marrow match among family, so he turned to his family at Fire Station 63 in Venice Beach for help.
Jesse, 7, suffers from aplastic anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder where the body stops producing enough new blood cells.
"We are asking both our Los Angeles and Virtual communities to help us find Jesse a match," LAFD said in a Facebook post.
LAFD is urging the public to join the "Be The Match" registry, which helps pair those in need of bone marrow transplants with their perfect match. When you register on Be The Match, a cheek swab is all they need!
Anyone interested in registering can request a swab kit by going to the Be The Match website.
Instagrammers, here is YOUR chance to put the power of social media to work and potentially save the life of 7 year old Jesse Sackaroff. Jesse is the son of a LAFD firefighter and he is battling a life-threatening blood disorder. He needs a bone marrow transplant....but no family members are a match. We are asking both our Los Angeles and Virtual communities to help us find Jesse a match. It could be you, but you won't know unless you join @bethematch It couldn't be much easier! (18-44yrs old requirement) You can sign up online to receive the packet by visiting https://bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-bone-marrow/ Just a simple mouth swab and you might find out what it's like to save a life. Thank you. The entire #LAFD family greatly appreciates it. And even if you can't donate, re-posting this to your IG will widen the pool and might make the difference. Now, let's make it happen. 👊 #savejesse #bethematch #beahero #bonemarrowdonor #firefamily #firefighter