Lizzie Tennyson, from Austin, Texas, is in need of a bone marrow transplant but is facing difficulty because she’s biracial.
According to Be The Match, a non-profit organization that conducts research to improve transplant outcomes and provide support and resources for patients, African-Americans have a 23% chance of finding a match.
But 21-year-old Tennyson has less than a 14% chance of finding a match because she’s biracial. An ideal donor for Tennyson would also be biracial.
Tennyson, who was recently accepted into her dream school, the University of Texas, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at 13 years old. Instead of starting classes this fall, she was forced to drop out after her cancer returned for the fifth time, according to KVUE . . .