A bone marrow drive will held on Saturday in Honolulu for a 7-year-old California boy who is battling an aggressive and rare leukemia.
His family is reaching out to Hawaii, its melting pot and the Aloha Spirit to help save his life.
Baylor Nihei Fredickson, 7, loves sports and Greek mythology. He doesn't love leukemia, but it's become a big part of his life.
Baylor beat it two years ago, but not it's back. Now, he's in need of a bone marrow transplant.
It's hard to find a match because he's "hapa" -- half-Japanese and half-German.
The Fredicksons have held bone marrow drives all over their home state of California, and have even reached out to Germany and Japan as well. They have now turned to Hawaii for help.
"Mixed ethnicity has the hardest time to find donors so we're trying our best to try to help him and other patients too because not just he could benefit but thousands of patients nationwide could benefit from a drive like this," said Ron Yonashiro of the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry. "So, although we are still focusing on Baylor, we want to emphasize you could help anyone, so please sign up."
It's easy to register to be a potential donor.
"Fill out a registration form; give a simple mouth-cheek swab; 10 minutes of your time to give a lifetime to a child like Baylor. It's worth it," said Yonashiro.
There are 78,000 people on the Hawaii Bone Marrow Registry -- 11 million nationwide. Only 3 percent are of mixed ethnic backgrounds and ethnicity is key.
The bone marrow drive is at the Ward Avenue Starbucks from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There is also a bone marrow drive from 9 a.m. - noon at the Polynesian Cultural Center for entertainer Benny Kai. Drives are also being planned for Koko Head Elementary teacher Charlotte Ichiyama.