At the time his family was in desperate search for a bone marrow match. They appealed for help through social media, and bone marrow drives were held all over the world, including Tosa's Greek Fest at Saints Constantine and Helen Church. Volunteers were swabbed to see if they were a match.
"Elias is Greek and you are more likely to match with someone if you share a heritage with them," said Olivia Haddox, DKMX donor recruitment coordinator. "So we've been reaching out to several different Greek Fests and Greek communities across the country and they've been really welcoming."
In October the family got great news. Though the search continues for a bone marrow match, doctors found a suitable cord blood match.
On Facebook, Evelyn expressed gratitude.
"I just want to thank everyone for their support," she said. "We wanted to share the amazing news with you and we are so excited. People rallying and help save my son's life it means the most. There's nothing a mother wants more than for her child to live."