Matsuyama rallies for student needing bone marrow transplant

e-Connections Post Matsuyama

Nine-year-old Allayah Phan, a fourth grader at Matsuyama Elementary School, has a rare condition — severe aplastic anemia — and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.

So far, the only donor match (83 percent) lives in Thailand. Because the match is 83 percent, a transplant would put Allayah at risk of rejection, which could damage her internal organs.

Allayah is seeking a local donor. To help with her search, Matsuyama is sponsoring a bone marrow drive during Open House, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.

The Phan family has also created a gofundme account to help cover medical expenses.

On the gofundme page, Allayah writes: “I enjoy reading chapter books and watching movies with my family. My hobbies are decorating and designing things with arts and crafts. I have a dog named Boo that I love to play with. My favorite colors are blue and purple and my favorite type of candy is chocolate! I love to eat fish or pasta, but not usually together. I enjoy dancing on my free time and would like to be in a jazz and hip hop dance class.”

Adds Principal Judy Montgomery, “Allayah is a Mighty Pine and a mighty fine young pine at that.”

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