Kentucky Boy Saved By Transplant, Mother Encourages Others To Donate

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Updated: 4/11/2013 5:24 pm

One Kentucky mother said a bone marrow transplant saved her son’s life.

Now she encourages others to sign up for the registry so they can possibly help others in the future.

Amy Gagnon’s five-year-old son, Henry, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010.

14 months into treatment, he had a relapse and needed a bone marrow transplant.

After testing Henry’s eight siblings and coming up with only two matches, his older sister, Grace, made the donation.

Today, Henry is cancer free.

“Henry probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the bone marrow transplant,” Gagnon said.

Students at UK’s college of pharmacy want to help others, like Henry.

Organizers had a goal to add 400 names to the bone marrow registry during their “Be The Match” drive Thursday.

They said all potential donors must do is fill out a form and swab their cheek.

Drive co-coordinator Chris Terry said there is just a 1 in 500 chance you will be asked to donate.

“It’s literally the easiest way to save someone’s life,” Terry said.

Terry also said if a potential donor is a match for someone in need, donating bone marrow is actually much easier than people often think. He said pain is usually minimal and the process is often similar to donating blood.

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christerry11 - 4/11/2013 10:54 PM
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We managed to add over 500 donors to the registry today! Thank you to everyone for coming out and swabbing! You all gave a spit and could possibly save someone's life!
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