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Bone marrow match found for Prewitt

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

THAYER -- A bone marrow match has been found for Sarah Prewitt.

Prewitt, a 2004 graduate of Thayer High School was diagnosed last month with leukemia.

"We don't know who or where the bone marrow donor is from. They were found by the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry," Shelley Underwood said.

Underwood has worked with family members and friends to help organize a donor recruitment drive for Prewitt. She said if it were not for the national registry a bone marrow match would not have been located. "That is why we are still going to have a volunteer donor recruitment drive," she said.

The recruitment drive will be June 22 from noon to 7:30 p.m. at the Thayer Elementary School.

Anyone who meets health guidelines, ages 18 through 60, can join the registry and could be a match for someone who needs it.

Information from the National Bone Marrow Donor Program said 70 percent of patients are unable to find a matched donor within their own family and must search the national registry program for a match.

Underwood said Prewitt will have to receive two months of chemotherapy before receiving the bone marrow transplant.

"She is staying with her aunt and uncle in St. Louis where she is close to the hospital. Sarah has a wonderful attitude and is a very dedicated patient. She tries to eat healthy and does everything the doctor tells her to do," Underwood said.

"We are going ahead with the recruitment drive in honor and celebration of Sarah finding a donor match. Maybe through our efforts, we can help someone else," she said.

For more information concerning the upcoming donor recruitment drive call Underwood at 417-280-1515.

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