(CBS DETROIT)– Prior to September of last year, 9 year old Amelia Johnson, affectionately know as Millie was just living life as a happy, out going 3rd grader. That’s until her mom noticed something usual on her body.
“She’s been in gymnastics for years and she’s been doing fine, but then I start noticing some bruising and bleeding under her skin, that was concerning so we took her to the doctor,” said Salome Sookdieopersad, Amelia’s Mom.READ MORE: Belle Isle Park Reopens Giant Slide Friday
Where they discovered Millie had a critically low platelet count, putting her at risk for spontaneous bleeding.
The following day Millie was admitted to the hospital and after two months and several tests, the family was given devastating news.
“Which turned out to be AML Acute Myeloid Leukemia and it only took that long because it was manifesting so we had just caught it as she was transforming into the AML from what’s called Myelodysplasic Syndrome its part of the bone marrow failure spectrum,” Sookdieopersad said.
Seemingly overnight little Millie went from looking forward to the holidays to spending them in the hospital, getting multiple chemo treatments. Now in order to greatly improve her chance for survival, she’s in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.READ MORE: Woodward Dream Cruise Kicks Off This Weekend: What To Know
The family is reaching out to the community on social media searching for donors. Many have answered the call, but unfortunately has not been a match for Millie.
“By me being black and my wife been East Asian with Indian decent we’re trying to reach out mostly to those parties,” said Kevin Johnson, Amelia’s Dad.
The family says anyone of any race between 18 and 55 can register to be a donor and the process is simple. Just go online to have a kit sent to your home, swab your the inside of your cheeks and mail back. That’s all it takes to see if you’re compatible to be the miracle Millie needs.
“Thank you everyone, please go register,” 9 year old Amelia Johnson said in a video message posted online.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve put a link to register on CBSDETROIT.com