3-year-old in search of hero

By Beau Ebenezer

February 16, 2013 Updated Feb 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM CDT

CENTRAL Ill -- Rorie Joslin, 3, is waiting her match.

A match she needs by March at the very latest.

"She was diagnosed in November," said Rorie's cousin, Charisa Ausfahl. "She just has a little cough. It was not really much of anything. We didn't think much of about. Her parents decided to take her into the pediatrician just to have it checked, and it was leukemia."

Rorie joins thousands of patients who are diagnosed each year with life threatening diseases.

For Rorie, a bone marrow transplant is her best chance of surviving.

However, officials say finding that match isn't so easy.

"In order to match someone well enough to donate to them, you have to match their DNA at a very specific level for the transplant to be effective," said Be the Match Marrow Registry employee, Taylor Seemuth. "That's why we need to add even more people to the registry to give patients a better shot."

Bone marrow match drives have been set up all over the country by family members of Rorie attempting to increase her chances of finding a match.

Now, thanks to Ausfahl who lives in Bloomington, Central Illinois residents could possibly be Rorie's hero.

Dozens have already been tested for a match, with a painless swab of the mouth.

"We know that God is in control and Rorie is precious to him," said Ausfahl. "He is taking care of her and we are just believing that someone will be found that will match her and save her life."

You can get tested as well.

Donors should be between the ages of 18 and 44 for the best possible match.

If you are interested in getting tested to see if you're a bone marrow match for Rorie Joslin you can visit the following locations in Febuary:

ISU Bone Student Center
Normal, IL
Feb. 18th
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Proctor First Care
1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, IL
Feb. 21st
10 am - 3 pm

5 Points Washington Library
380 N. Wilmor Rd.
Washington, IL
Feb. 21st
3:45 p, - 7:45 pm

Bradley University, Performance Court
Markin Rec Center
Feb 26th
Noon - 6:00 pm

Bethany Baptist Church
7422 N Heinz Ln.
Edwards, IL
Feb 27th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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