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Aug 3, 2013 11:18 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@rkristv.com

The Search for a Bone Marrow Match

ROCKPORT - a Rockport woman hopes to find a bone marrow donor match for her niece, who is suffering from leukemia. After being in remission, the cancer has returned and a possible cure doctors say could be a bone marrow transplant.

It's a very simple process to be tested, taking a Q-Tip swabbing the inside of your mouth then testing your DNA.

In 2011 when Teresa Hunter's niece began having headaches. Doctors kept diagnosing it as migraine until New Years Eve when doctors finally determined it was leukemia.

Hunter says her niece is a fighter, but needs our help to get tested; seeing if we could be her match.

"It's so easy to save somebody's life. it's so easy. I didn't know even know about this, I never knew about be the match. I never knew about a bone marrow registry," says Hunter.

Now something interesting about the matching process it has nothing to do with one blood type, rather a persons heritage and ethnicity.

The bone marrow drive will be next Sunday at the Team Satellite at 1820 Highway 35 from 12-3 p.m.


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