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Bone marrow drive set to honor native of Lebanon

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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Family and friends of Adam Kaiser, a Lebanon native, are holding a donor drive for the National Marrow Donor Program this Saturday to not only help find a match for him, but to also find matches for bone marrow transplants for 10,000 patients in need.

Annetta Harrison, Kaisers grandmother, said the 24-year-old Lebanon native was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia in September 2011 just one month after graduating from the University of South Florida.

After graduating, in September he was back on the same campus receiving treatment, Harrison said, referring to USFs Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Kaiser, like many patients needing bone marrow transplants, are good candidates, however finding a match can be difficult. Harrison said Kaisers brother, Justin, is not a match, and so the family is working to find other willing donors.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the family will organize a donor drive for the National Marrow Donor Program to not only help find a donor for Kaiser, but to also possibly find donors for the thousands of people in need of bone marrow transplants.

Were getting donors for the bone marrow registry to hopefully find matches for anyone, Harrison said.

Kaiser has been added to the registry, which consists mostly of children and has an 80 percent chance of finding a matching donor within the registry. Since Kaiser was diagnosed, his family has found a new cause to help others also going through the same experiences.

The drive will take place at Colonial Village Club House located at 1474 Woodside Drive in Lebanon, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anyone within the ages of 18 and 60 are able to register as a donor. A representative from the National Bone Marrow Registry will be on hand to help administer the tests.

Harrison said the process is simple, as the test requires only a mouth swab and takes a matter of seconds. It can make a lifetime of difference to people like Adam, she said.

If you are unable to attend, Harrison said you could still register as a donor with the organization by visiting www.bethematch.org and have a test kit mailed to your home, which you can then mail back to the registry.

You may also donate to the organization and to Kaisers family by visiting www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/TeamAdam.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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