USM soccer star in the fight of her life

PORTLAND (WGME) – It started with a bad headache and turned into something much worse.

Now USM women's soccer star Ally Little is in for the fight of her life, as the 20-year-old is battling a rare disease called "aplastic anemia."

Prior to Thanksgiving, USM sophomore Ally Little didn't know much about aplastic anemia, but soon after doctors discovered Ally had this rare and potentially deadly disease.

"It was a few days in the hospital before I had a bone marrow biopsy which is how they determined the diagnosis,” Little said. “And then they were able to rule out leukemia and told me I had severe aplastic anemia."

Aplastic anemia is when your bone marrow stops producing healthy blood cells, but doctors at Dana Farber Cancer Institute have told Ally she has several options.

So while Ally gets ready to begin immunotherapy treatments, the Huskies soccer team is doing its best to kick this disease, Wednesday holding two separate bone marrow drives hoping to find that perfect match.

For Ally, her teammates and close friends have been the perfect medicine at the right time.

"You know their messages and support mean the world to me they have been awesome so far,” Little said.

And although Ally won't be on the field with her teammates this spring, she will be with them in spirit.