KUSA- Hundreds of people crowded into a small Douglas County coffee shop Saturday to help a teen battling a rare disease.
Lukas Larsson is a junior at Rock Canyon High School. The 16 year old was recently diagnosed with pediatric myelofibrosis.
"It was so rare that it took them [doctors] quite some time to figure out what exactly was going on because this disease normally hits people over 65," said Lukas' mother Dena Larsson.
The only cure is a bone marrow transplant, but none of the 12 million people already on the national registry are a match.
"When we found out that Lukas did not have any matches in the registry of 12 million people, we decided, my husband and I Andres, that we needed to really do what we could to get people tested," Dena said.
On Saturday, his family hosted a drive at the Dazbog in Castle Pines so that others could be added to the registry. In just a couple of hours, 400 people were swabbed and will be added to it.
One woman drove an hour, from Erie to Castle Pines to be there. She'd never met the Larssons, but saw the story on 9NEWS and had to come down.
"So many great people willing to go out of their way to save a life, it's great," said Lukas.
He will get a blood transfusion every two weeks until a donor is found.
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