How hundreds of people are trying to save this child

Posted at 11:23 PM, Aug 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-12 06:55:02-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) - The Colonial Heights Optimist Club held a bone marrow screening hoping to find someone who could help 20 month-old Quinlan Thomas.  Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood leukemia.

His family struggled to get their insurance company to pay for chemotherapy, but it turns out that all he needs is a bone marrow transplant to reduce the recurrence of leukemia.

Thomas' story helped inspire the event's organizers, who are looking for a match for him, as well as others.

Event organizer Tina Burton says, "When Quinlan was diagnosed, it has really opened my eyes to actually how many people are in need.  So today, we're trying to find a match for Quinlan and others who may need one."

628 people went through the line to get screened.