Rockford girl, cancer survivor hosts lemonade stand to raise awareness of childhood cancer

ROCKFORD (WREX) — A girl from Rockford does her best to raise awareness about childhood cancer and bring a program to Rockford.

6-year-old Aliyah Garcia was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May 2020. She received radiation and intensive chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant.

She was matched with a donor in Germany through the Be a Match program. As of March 2021, she will be leukemia free, but still undergoing chemotherapy after a bone marrow transplant.

“My goal is to bring awareness about childhood cancer and the Be the Match program to Rockford,” says Aliyah. “I wish there were oncology services for children in the Rockford area so I didn’t have to make long trips to Chicago for care.”

Aliyah held a lemonade stand at the Burpee Museum of Natural History on Wednesday to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds to bring the Be the Match program to Rockford.

The Be the Match registry connects patients seeking healing and life-saving bone marrow donors. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world.

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