CARMICHAEL - It's not something you usually do at a football game. But fans at Friday's Del Campo Cougars game were swabbing their cheeks to see if they might be a potential donor for 6-year-old Kate Ellis.
Ellis ended up in the hospital in January with acute liver failure and was later diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disease that destroys all three kinds of blood cells.
Kate is confined to her home because the disease steadily destroys the body's immune system.
"The reason she is at home and not here is because she can't be near any bacteria, any of the germs," said Kate's uncle Joe Ellis, a P.E. teacher at Del Campo High School.
When Ellis told some of his students about his niece, they decided to step up and do something to help. With the support of "Be the Match," they set out to find donors for Kate.