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Be The Match: Bone marrow drive could save local mans life
CINCINNATI (Scott Dimmich) -- If something that takes seconds to do could help save another person's life, would you do it?
Noel Helton's father, Robby Tucker, is fighting a deadly disease and needs a bone marrow transplant.
She tells us, "He has CLL Leukemia and did Richter's Transformation into Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."
The disease is complex but the solution, in theory, is straightforward. Find a bone marrow match. Friday's bone marrow drive is designed to do just that, but finding the right match can be challenging.
"I have patients who I'm working with that are minority or Caucasian, and I still can't find perfect matches for them. So that's why we're so passionate about spread the word and getting people to join the registry," said nurse transplant coordinator, Diane Shapiro.
The best part about it is it's simple and easy to do. Take a cotton swab, wipe the inside of your cheek, and after some simple processing, you're entered into the be a match registry. Erica Turner is living proof that the registry works. Her doctors gave her three days to live, but she beat Leukemia and is alive today because of a bone marrow transplant.
"My life was saved by a young man I didn't know who joined the registry at his local college," Turner tells us. "This is so important. People are dying every day because they can't find people to match them."
Another bone marrow drive will be held for Robby Tucker on Monday at the Central Parkway Church of God in Clifton from 4:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. if you would like to help.
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