Donor Registry Event Held for Marine Battling Leukemia

Donor Registry Event Held for Marine Battling Leukemia

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YUMA, AZ - A Simple form and oral swab sample is the first step to help find a Bone Marrow  Donor match for a local Marine.

"The purpose of the drive today is to try to find a matching donor, and to get as many people in the national registry to potentially find a match for Sergeant Shane Lamont or others who are waiting for a transplant." Says, Family Readiness Officer, Sandra Rookey. 

Sergeant Shane Lamont was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia back in May.

A condition known as FTL 3 makes his disease more resistant to treatment.  Today fellow Marines and the community are looking to help Shane by registering at the Marine Corps Air Station. 

To become a Bone Marrow Donor, an oral swab sample is taken after completing a donor consent form. Once inside, donors with a completed consent form later took their own swab samples and said they wouldn't think twice about helping out someone who may need a transplant. 

"I just took the chance to come in and help him out." Says, Pedro Aredondo.       

"We are supposed to help out our fellow marines and this is probably the best way to do it to help" Says, Kendra Oehlerich.  

Organizers of the Department of Defense Bone Marrow Donor Program say, they hope more people take the time to help not only Sergeant Lamont, but someone else who may need it.    

 

 

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