Hallie Bae Barnard is an eight-year-old girl with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare condition that has set her family and friends on a search for a suitable bone marrow donor. But her understanding of the need of others in a similar situation has her on a quest to find not only a match for herself, but for many others who are unable to find a life-saving bone marrow donation they need. We spoke to Jennifer Scott, a founding board member and Vice President of Media and Communications for Hallie’s Heroes, about Diamond Blackfan Anemia, the challenges of finding bone marrow donors, and the impact the organization is having.
RARECast is a weekly series by Daniel S. Levine. Levine is an award-winning business journalist who has reported on the life sciences, economic development, and business policy issues throughout his 25-year career. He founded Levine Media Group in 2013, which produces The Bio Report and RARECast podcasts. Read his full bio here.