Boise teen searches for his one-in-a-million match

"I might not even be able to walk at graduation." (KBOI Staff Photo)

A senior at Capital High School in Boise is in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant and he's hoping someone in the Treasure Valley is his one in a million match.

On Wednesday, a marrow drive was held in Jake Lindsey's honor. More than 200 people came out to register.

Jake was diagnosed with aplastic anemia just a few weeks ago — a rare blood disease that causes bone marrow to stop producing enough blood cells and destroys the immune system.

"I might not even be able to walk at graduation," said Jake Lindsey. "I am missing the last few weeks of high school with my friends."

Prior to being diagnosed, Jake was an athletic, thriving teenager. Today, he has to be careful just leaving his house.

"It took a month before I had a fresh breath of air and you just realize so many things you take for granted," said Jake.

Jake is hoping to find a match that will save his life. But, that could be challenging. The chance of a stranger being a match is literally one in a million.

"The chances of a donor for Jake coming out of this event [that's] held in Jake's honor is pretty slim," said John Philpott, community engagement representative for Be The Match. "But, the chance of someone coming out of this a match for a patient like Jake is pretty strong."

Jake knows that finding a match is like finding a needle in a haystack — but he is thankful for every single person that registers in his name because of what it means for others going through what he is.

"I have always been the person that helps other people. I am glad we are running these drives because it may not help me, but there [are] so many other people going through leukemia or aplastic anemia that need a bone marrow transplant to live."

It's a one in a million shot, but the more people who sign up — the possibility doesn't seem so far off.


  1. St. Luke's of Boise — Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  2. Koelsch Elementary School in Boise — Friday, May 18 — 5-8 p.m.

You can also have a testing kit mailed to you by registering at

Earlier this week, Capital High School hosted a charity basketball game to support Jake and his family.

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