St. Louis (KSDK) - Millions are part of the national bone marrow registry. But a small fraction of registered donors are African American.
One Seckman High School student hopes to help change that and help save lives, maybe even her own.
On Sunday, May 20 DreNeria Westbrook is hosting a bone marrow drive with her family and friends.
Just a few months ago, the 18-year-old was diagnosed with very rare Natural Killer Cell Leukemia. She is going through chemotherapy and may need radiation treatments.
But another hope her family has is a bone marrow transplant.
"My hope is to reach out to others and to get more African Americans donors on the registry and also to get children to realize that there are people that can be a match for them," said Westbrook.
The Team Dre' Bone Marrow Drive is Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Church at 9350 Natural Bridge Road.
For more information on the drive, you can call DreNeria's mother, Julliette Douglas, at 314-359-8043.
For more information on the bone marrow registry, visit BeTheMatch.org.