(CBS) — Students, teachers and families came together Saturday at a north suburban school to donate blood and register to be bone marrow donors.
It’s all to honor three students with cancer.
Ester Lee’s daughter Ava has a rare type of leukemia, which means after the 5-year-old completes chemo she’ll likely need a bone marrow transplant.
She’s Korean and Taiwanese, and only about 7 percent of registered marrow donors are Asian, making it difficult to find a match.
Lee is a fourth-grade teacher at Half Day School in Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103, where two other children are also battling cancer.
Her colleague, reading specialist Pam Owens, helped organize a blood drive and marrow donor registration about a month ago.