Today (June 11th) Washington DC radio station HOT 99.5 will be changing its name to Carly 99.5 -- between 3-7 p.m. ET -- in support of a 16-year-old girl named Carly Nguyen. Carly is a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD who was diagnosed with Myelogenous Leukemia, and his having trouble finding a bone marrow donor.
Carly's classmates and school have already taken steps to help find a match by swabbing volunteers. Hot 99.5 Carly 99.5 is taking a similar approach and calling on any volunteers in the Washington DC/Maryland area to go down to the station. There will be a setup in front of the iHeartRadio building at 1801 Rockville Pike with cheek swabs between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on today, 6/11, to see if they can find her match.
Carly is Vietnamese, and NBC4 reports, "Asian Americans are critically underrepresented in national bone marrow registries, according to the Asian-American Donor Program."
If you are not in the area, you can still not only help Carly, but anyone else who is looking for a bone marrow match. Just head to DeleteBloodCancer.org for more information.
And don't forget to listen to Carly 99.5 today! Listen below:
Watch the sweet video Carly's classmates made for her during "Orange Day," which the school dedicated a day for in honor of Carly as well as to bring awareness about Leukemia.