Created: 05/19/2014 8:21 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Police in Santa Fe are hoping to help a 16-year-old girl find a bone marrow donor.
The police department says it will host a donor drive Monday for Miquela Martinez, who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in November.
They say the disease attacks blood produced in her bone marrow.
In addition, Martinez, of Ojo Caliente, suffers from severe aplastic anemia.
Officials say the teen, who loves to snowboard and scuba dive, must be confined to a hospital bed and receives blood infusions several times a day.
Santa Fe police officers will be holding the drive from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in front of police headquarters, located at 2515 Camino Entrada.
Potential donors must be between 18 and 44 years old.
In addition to the Santa Fe event, a donor drive will be held in Albuquerque on Monday at eVOLV Fitness, located at 7900 San Pedro Drive NE, from 4-7 p.m.
Another event in Albuquerque is scheduled on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ACTS 242 Fellowship-Chaparral Center, located at 242 Fellowship 9307 Candelaria NE.
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