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Baby Elias Still Searching for Lifesaving Bone Marrow Donor, and You Could Be His Cure!

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The search continues to find a lifesaving bone marrow donor for Elias Argirokastritis, a one-year-old of Greek descent.


Shortly after he was born, Elias became the 22nd person worldwide to be diagnosed with NEMO, a rare blood disorder. This complex disease affects Elias’ skin and immune system, making him extremely susceptible to severe and life-threatening bacterial infections. His best chance at a healthy, normal life is a bone marrow transplant.


Ethnicity plays a major role in finding a matching bone marrow donor. In most cases, the best patient-donor matches happen between individuals who share the same ancestry. For Elias, a matching donor will likely be of Greek descent.

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DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow center, is working closely with Elias’ family to share his story and encourage people to register as potential donors.


“We’re in desperate need of a match from a bone marrow donor to replace the bone marrow [Elias] currently has. Since February, it has been our unwavering mission to find Elias a match because once that glorious day arrives, everything will change for the better,” Elias’ mother, Evelyn, wrote in a blog post.


Initially, doctors didn’t think Elias would make it to seven months, but he continues to fight. Although Elias has not yet found a matching bone marrow donor, his mother and family are still hopeful that he will get a second chance at a healthy life. You could be the cure for Elias or someone else battling a dangerous disease.

For more information on becoming a registered bone marrow donor and ways to help Elias, please visit

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