Alison Atlas, the young Bethesda woman whose need for a bone-marrow donor has drawn nationwide attention, said last night that she will receive a marrow transplant from her mother, Arline.
In an interview with WUSA-TV (Channel 9), Atlas said no perfect marrow match could be found during the search in November, and described her mother's marrow as "only a near match."
"Ultimately my condition is progressively getting worse," she said. "I don't believe I have the luxury of waiting any longer."
Atlas made the comments in a telephone interview. The station said she was on the West Coast, and had asked that her exact location not be divulged.
The television report did not say when or where the transplant would take place. Efforts to reach the Atlas family last night were unsuccessful.
Atlas's plight was first widely reported last November. The 20-year-old had learned last August that she was suffering from a type of leukemia that rarely strikes people under 60, and that she faced death, possibly within months.
A group called Friends of Allison was formed, and the Atlas family made a mass appeal, helped in large part by synagogues and Jewish groups.
In late November, about 700 people crowded into the hall at Adas Israel Congregation in Northwest Washington to be tested to see if any would be suitable donors for Atlas.
By March, Atlas's family and friends had raised more than $1.5 million to test more than 23,000 people, none of whom were suitable donors. The odds of finding suitable donors among non-relatives are 1 in 20,000, according to medical organizations.