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Donor needed for cancer patient

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sarah Jo Prewitt
THAYER -- Each year more than 30,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with life threatening blood diseases. The most common blood diseases are leukemia and lymphoma, as well as certain immune system disorders.

A member of the Thayer community, Sarah Jo Prewitt, has been diagnosed with leukemia and will need a bone marrow transplant

A volunteer donor recruitment drive will be held for Prewitt June 22 at the Thayer Elementary School from noon to 7:30 p.m.

"There is no charge for this service. Anyone who meets the health guidelines ages 18 through 60 can join the registry and hopefully we will find a match for Sarah," a recruitment drive volunteer spokesperson said.

They said after a brief questionnaire is answered a tissue match is made by using cheek swabs. Many people who cannot donate blood still qualify as a bone marrow donor.

Prewitt is a 2004 graduate of Thayer High School. She is the 20-year old daughter of Jo Beth Prewitt and the late Gary Prewitt.

She has been attending the University of Missouri where she was a proud Tiger fan and has even served as a tour guide for the Mizzou campus. Prewitt was involved in many school activities while completing a degree in marketing.

She was also a very active student while attending school at Thayer and has worked on numerous community service projects including serving on many blood drives in high school and organizing the most recent one at her college.

A former fellow student with Prewitt said, "Sarah has always been compassionate and willing to help others. Now she needs our help."

To survive, many patients with leukemia need someone to donate healthy bone marrow or blood cells for their life-saving transplant. A transplant is possible only when the patient and donor have matching tissue types.

Prewitt was unable to find a match within her family. The community now has the opportunity to help her and other patients in need by attending the donor recruitment drive.

For more information call 417-280-1515 or 417-280-0069 or go to the national donor Web site at www.marrow.org.

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