In September 2017, when Hadi was six years old, he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease in which bone marrow and the hematopoietic stem cells (red cells, white cells and platelets) are damaged.
Hadi’s family was told that the only cure was a bone marrow transplant from a full sibling. His twin brother, Zakaria, was not a match so they turned to the Be The Match Registry® to search for an unrelated stem cell donor.
Fortunately, Hadi had many matches on the registry. Hadi’s first transplant took place in December of 2017 and his second was in May of 2018. Sadly, both transplants were unsuccessful and Hadi lost his battle before he could begin his third transplant.
During his time in the hospital Hadi wanted to make a difference for other patients. He and his family started a Team Be The Match fundraising page and set a goal of $1,000. Friends and family spread the word and in a few short months Hadi’s page raised over $60,000. Through their efforts, Hadi’s family made a life-saving impact.