Parents Hope Girl’s Death Sparks Marrow Donations
LOS ANGELES - Allison Zicree was a healthy baby girl who just celebrated her first birthday. Days later, her parents’ world would be turned upside down.
Allison was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. She fought hard and went through aggressive chemotherapy, but it wasn’t enough.
She needed a bone marrow transplant. Out of the 13 million on the registry worldwide, one single perfect match was found. But, by that time, it was too late.
Allison’s leukemia became stronger than the medicine.
She died in October, three months after we first told you her story. At the time, her parents were looking for a bone marrow match since family and friends weren’t.
Two thousand people have signed up to be bone marrow donors in Allison’s honor and her parents, Shaun and Nicole, hope more will continue to sign up.
They are speaking out to honor her memory and hopefully help others.
They know their daughter wasn’t alone in her need for a transplant; more than 10,000 patients every year are like Allison, diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, needing a marrow or cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor.
The Zicree’s will never forget their angel, but they are learning that miracles come in many forms. Nicole was told medically she couldn’t have another child after Allison, but she is happy to tell us, she is pregnant with a baby girl.
To read more about Allison’s story, or to send her parents a message, click here.
To learn more about the Be The Match Registry for bone marrow donation, click here.