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3-year-old battling rare disease needs your help

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – One special little girl battling a rare disease could use our help tonight. She’s only three.

The disease she’s facing is rare, and the odds they’ll find a cure for her is even rarer. We’re talking a one in a million chance.

However, the Raddish family isn’t losing hope for their little girl… Ella.

Just like most little girls you know, Ella’s fun, sassy. She loves playing Barbies and being outside.

“She’s just a fun little three-year-old.”

Brittany Raddish, Ella’s Mother

Until the day came that soon became an uphill battle that suddenly took the Raddish family by surprise.

Little did they know their baby girl was facing a rare disease.

“I worried very very much, just for her and what she was going through.”

Brittany Raddish, Ella’s Mother

“It was extremely hard. It was heartbreaking.”

Joshua Raddish, Ella’s father

On March 12th, Ella WAS diagnosed with severe aplastic amenia or SAA, but something seemed off days before.

“We had noticed that she had bruising on her legs, abnormal bruising.”

Joshua Raddish, Ella’s father

That turned out to be SAA, which means her bone marrow isn’t producing enough blood cells… a disease that’s rare and life-threatening.

The Raddish family isn’t giving up on finding a cure, but it would take a donor’s bone marrow that matches hers to save her life. The odds of finding one is one in a million.

“We just pray everyday that hopefully someone out there is her one in a million.”

Brittany Raddish, Ella’s Mother

Which is why the family is asking for everyone’s help.

“We need to get as many people as we can on the registry. She has no match at this time, and without a match donor, we don’t have a cure for her.”

Joshua Raddish, Ella’s father

There may be a long road ahead for this sweet girl, but the family stays optimistic.

If you’d like to help, go to a donor match drive and there’s two you can go to this month. One’s this Saturday at the Wheeling Park parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you can’t make it, go May 22. It’s at the Brady’s Roadhouse in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m.

Just make sure you don’t eat or drink beforehand, and the family says you have to be anywhere from 18 to 44 years old.

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