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Original Title:
Bone Marrow Drive Seeks Match for Baby Trevor

A Cameron Park baby is undergoing a fifth round of chemotherapy in his fight to beat a deadly disease. Trevor Kott's family hopes one of numerous bone marrow drives will find the one match to save him.

The first of three weeks of scheduled bone marrow drives was Wednesday. Sacramento firefighters sponsored the drive.

Lauri Bera, whose husband was a Sacramento firefighter, organized the drive. "I lost my husband in August of '05 to cancer. Matt Bera was a fireman here for the city and you just want to do whatever you can."

Liz Usick with Bloodsource said 550 people signed up for the registry during today's drive.

"I see our heroes stepping up again," said Trevor's mother, Angela Kott.

Trevor has been battling congenital acute myeloid leukemia or AML since his birth last October. The disease is rare and affects blood cells in the bone marrow. Doctors say the baby needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

"I'm just waiting for that call from Stanford to say that we've got a match and I'm hoping we're one step closer by each individual coming in and getting swabbed," said Kott.

In the past few weeks more than 1,000 people have registered with BloodSource to determine if their blood and marrow would match Trevor's, but so far, a match hasn't been found. Over the next three weeks, BloodSource and Delta Blood Bank are holding several bone marrow drives to try to change that.

The bone marrow test costs $52 and is tax deductible. The fee goes to the National Marrow Donor Program. The program maintains a registry of bone marrow donors which doctors use to find possible donors for other patients.

Followup:
On April 25, 2007, Trevor Kott lost his fight with leukemia. A matching bone marrow donor was not found.

Over 5,000 people registered with different blood banks all over the country because of the media coverage on this story. Trevor's family say that is Trevor's legacy and hope that someone else may be saved.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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