COMMERCE TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - A 9-year-old Commerce Township girl fighting for her life needs a bone marrow transplant, and there is a way you can help her.
"Crazy beads, special beads," said 9-year-old Sydney Balzer as she counted beads from her long necklace on the ground.
The beads are the story of her first battle with leukemia.
"That's the starting date. 9-22-2010 and this is when she ended treatments the first time. February 5, 2010," said her dad Jason as he also pointed to some beads.
They are called beads of courage and Sydney collected one each time she went to the hospital or had a medical procedure.
"It's 34 feet long," said her father.
"White are day of chemo," explained Sydney. "Blacks are pokes, and browns are hair loss."
Her necklace is 1,400 beads long.
Sydney stopped collecting the beads in February because the leukemia was gone. But she started collecting them again in September when they found out the leukemia was back.
"You wish you could take it all away," said her mother Stacy.
Stacy said doctors told them the only way Sydney can beat the leukemia this second time is with a bone marrow transplant.
"Unfortunately, we were all tested and none of us were matches," she said.
Doctors are searching the National Bone Marrow Registry but finding a donor is very difficult so the family is actively searching for a donor.
This Saturday the family is holding a bone marrow drive at Walled Lake Central High School to try and find a match for Sydney. The event is open to the public and is family friendly.
Sydney hopes that after this weekend she can stop collecting beads.
The event Saturday will run from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
If you want to find out more information or have any questions about the event Saturday please visit the Team Sydney Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Sydney