Hillary McKibbon turns six on Wednesday.

Only a few weeks ago the young girl was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called aplastic anemia.

The condition occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells, leaving patients feeling fatigued and susceptible to infections.

It is fatal if left untreated.

A clinic to register potential bone marrow donors was held Monday at St. Francis Xavier High School in Riverside South.

Propelled by social media, Hillary’s family called it  ‪#‎StartWithHillary in the hopes not only of finding a match for Hillary, but also to increase the number of people who are registered to be bone marrow donors.

Registering is a matter of a simple cheek swab —Canadian Blood Services said 630 people came forward,.

Although family members are usually tested first, matches are only found within the family about 25 per cent of the time.

HIllary’s mother, Kelly McKibbin, said a transplant from an unrelated donor would give Hillary an estimated 85-per-cent chance.

Another session is expected to be held next week.

Photo source: https://twitter.com/StartWithHills

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