It’s been almost a year since Aaryan was diagnosed with aplastic anemia – and despite multiple efforts his family has yet to find a match for a bone marrow transplant.
Aaryan and his family live in Toronto where he’s receiving treatment, but his aunt and uncle – who live in Burnaby – are organizing a drive hoping his match is here in B.C.
His aunt, Mary Ahmadi says there is no cure for Aaryan’s disease but a stem cell transplant could save his life.
She says that unfortunately no one in his family is a match, so they’ve been searching for a match across Canada and even the U.S. since last year.
Aaryan has an Afghan father and a Vietnamese mother, which Ahmadi says has made it very difficult to find a match.
She says it’s been very hard for her nephew who lives in Toronto.
“Sometimes he has questions he doesn’t know what to expect the next day, but we are all here for him and we’re trying to help him, and make his life as normal as possible, but that’s all we can do right? And hope for the best.”
Burnaby RCMP have joined the cause and posted Aaryan’s story on their website since his uncle is an RCMP officer in the City of Burnaby.
Both the city and the Officer in charge of the Burnaby RCMP detachment are supporting the Canadian Blood Services by hosting a clinic this Thursday Sept. 22.
Ahmadi says the family couldn’t be more grateful to see everyone trying to help.
“It feels great, great feeling. We are forever grateful. Anybody that comes forward and tries to help it’s like we’re hoping that he’s going to get his second chance of life back.”
She says Aaryan is a cheerful boy who loves baseball and hopes to get his life back.
Anyone between the ages of 17 and 35 can register and provide a quick swab.
The stem cell drive will take place between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Burnaby City Hall.