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SoCal leukemia patient expecting twins finds perfect donor match



A Southern California woman battling cancer while pregnant with twins has found the perfect bone-marrow donor just weeks after her touching story went viral.

A record-breaking number of people signed up to potential donors for Susie Rabaca.

She is due to give birth by Dec. 6 and was in desperate need of a bone-marrow transplant to help treat her leukemia.

Within days of her story airing Nov. 22 on ABC7, almost 40,000 people registered for the The Match registry.

More information about becoming a potential blood donor is available here from Be The Match.

A bone marrow transplant can be a potentially life-saving procedure for those with leukemia. But for the process to work, the donor needs to be a close match. There are some 30 million people on the world registry and none were a match for Rabaca – till now.

Rabaca is already a mother of three. Her sister is a 50 percent match, but doctors say it's not good enough to treat her aggressive myeloid leukemia.

She needed a 100 percent match, but Rabaca's mixed heritage – Latino and Caucasian – had made a donor difficult.

Rabaca and her family were on a mission to sign up as many potential donors as possible.

The registry is especially in need of people with mixed ethnic heritage for many other potential recipients without a match. Registry officials said thousands of new donations were more ethnically different than average.

Rabaca now hopes to undergo the marrow transplant after delivering her twins.

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