Blood drive planned for local woman battling Leukemia - WRBL

Blood drive planned for local woman battling Leukemia

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A Columbus woman is fighting for her sister and others like her. Michelle Russell says her sister, Connie Farmer was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2001. After living 11 years cancer free, Connie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on February 7, 2012. Several rounds of chemotherapy later, she was happy to be in remission.

But on July 24, 2013, Connie was told that her leukemia had returned. She spent a little over a month in the hospital and received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. After several bone marrow biopsies, Connie was told she was again in remission. The next step of her journey is a stem cell/bone marrow transplant.

Russell is asking the public to support a blood drive in honor of her sister. The National Bone Marrow Registry will have representatives on hand at the blood drive to swab cheeks and get more people registered on the Bone marrow Registry.

Russell says there are a lot of people like Connie who need blood transfusions and who are searching for a bone marrow match.  The blood drive/bone marrow swabbing will be held Saturday, September 14th between 10am and 3pm at Wynnbrook Baptist Church off River Rd in Columbus, Ga.

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