USM women’s soccer player Ally Little is back on the field following a diagnosis of severe aplastic anemia, the news of which sparked tremendous support from not only her teammates, but from colleges across the Northeast.
Little was a sophomore at USM when she was diagnosed with the rare disease in late December of last year. The only known cure for the disease is a bone marrow transplant.
“The doctors told me I would probably never play soccer again," which was devastating,” Little told WMTW News 8 in a segment that aired Oct. 23.
The USM’s women’s soccer team partnered with Be The Match to organize a bone marrow registry drive for Little in February. Nine other colleges and universities from Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut joined in the effort, holding drives of their own for Little’s cause.
A match hasn’t been found, but Little — a junior forward for the team — says she is benefitting from an experimental treatment that has allowed her to continue playing soccer.
“If I had a transplant, I wouldn’t be here right now,” Little said. “I’m very lucky that I had an alternative treatment and it’s working.”
Watch the WMTW segment below.