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20 year old leukemia patient waits and hopes for a donor

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Three months ago, a 20-year-old Garland man was given a devastating diagnosis and the cure is in the hands of a stranger.  It all started for William Purdom when he got pneumonia in May.  He recovered, but a few weeks later he felt excruciating pain in his jaw, chest and then over his entire body.

On June 6th, doctors told him he had leukemia.  William needed to start chemotherapy and he needed a bone marrow transplant.  William only has two half siblings and he'd have to go on the registry with thousands of others… hoping for a match.  A cheek swab is all it takes for a donor to register.  If a match is found, which is about a 1% chance, they get a call to go in to donate.

There's a bone marrow drive for William next Sunday, July 28th at Hella Shrine in Garland.  For more information on the donor drive for William, go to www.deletebloodcancer.org

Even if you're not a match for William, you could be for someone else.

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