LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When 9-year-old Kayla Wiggins couldn't shake a cold this past July her mother began to wonder if her daughter's sickness was something more serious.
"My child was going to the doctor for her appointment to find out why she couldn't get rid of this cold and instantly our life changed from her being this vibrant, selfless kid to a kid that needs somebody's help," said Wiggins' mother, Toshua Wiggins.
From her hospital bed at Arkansas Children's Hospital, Kayla is still able to give us a smile and a wave, even though she is isolated and her immune system is too weak for our camera to enter the room.
"She has an upbeat spirit. She gets knocked down but she doesn't stay down. She's a fighter," said her mother.
Kayla's dream is to one day be a chemist. Her mom says she loves makeup and food.
But, at this stage in her life Kayla needs one thing: "Kayla has acute myelogenous leukemia and she is in need of a bone marrow transplant," her mother told THV11.
Kayla is one of three siblings, but none of the other children have a bone marrow match.
Kayla's mom believes her match is still out there."Could hold the key to someone, you know having a second chance at life."
Kayla's family is now pushing for more African Americans to become donors. African Americans make up less than 10 percent of the bone marrow registry.
"What I thought was important in my life. Priorities change and what's more important is getting my daughter well and sticking close as a family."