Family desperate to find donor for girl fighting cancer

Lillian Yang has had four cycles of chemo, and now her family is hoping and praying for a miracle. That miracle could be you.

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LILLIAN YANG: Jokes. Why do you-- why are fishes so smart? Because they live in school.

Lillian Yang loves to tell a good joke, and by looking at that big smile, you would never know the seven-year-old is fighting for her life.

- She is very happy always. She kept telling jokes to every nurses. So she's probably the most popular patient on the floor.

- Last year, little Lillian was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Her older brother Jerry was diagnosed with the same cancer when he was just three years old. Dad says a genetic test revealed they have a genetic predisposition to such rare leukemia.

- It's like you got struck by lightning twice. And you thought to get used to it. But no, the second time the pain just doubles.

- The best chance for cure is to have a bone marrow transplant. Lillian's brother was lucky to find one, but she hasn't. Now the family is working with DKMS, an international nonprofit that provides a registry connecting donors to help in the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders.

LILLIAN YANG: To save kids like me and by brother.

- You can save lives like Lillian with a simple free, test.

- The kit comes in the mail, with a postage paid envelope. All you do is swab the inside of your cheeks. And it looks like this. You put it back in a postage paid envelope, you send it back.

LILLIAN YANG: Lillian had a match last year in China, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been unable to get the transfusion. She's had four cycles of chemo and now the family is hoping and praying for a miracle. That miracle could be you.

- It's really hard to find a matching donor, but each one of us has that genetic twin out there who's unrelated, which is crazy. So hopefully, Lillian's genetic twin is out there and sees this story.