ATHENS, Ga. -- A sleepless 24-hours was worth it for friends and supporters of 12-year-old Kajal Patel as efforts to find a bone marrow match exceeded expectations.
PHOTOS | 24-Hour Bone Marrowthon
A 24-hour Marrow-thon began at 4 p.m. Tuesday and continued until 4 p.m. Wednesday, as friends of 12-year-old Kajal Patel worked to find a bone marrow donor.
Over 27-hundred cheek swab samples were collected in hopes of finding one person that might qualify as a donor. The odds of finding a bone marrow match for the sixth grader who has been hospitalized since February is one in 20-thousand.
11Alive was there throughout the entire 24-hours to document the effort with live reports through the day and night.
Organizers say the 27-hundred samples collected may be a world record for a 24-hour period.