Bone Marrow Donors Drive

At age 41, Amanda McCleon is fighting the battle of her life, a battle with cancer. She suffers from multiple myeloma. Without a bone marrow transplant, doctors say there is very little that they can do.

However, thanks to WTOK viewers, Amanda says she now has a glimmer of hope. Because of your outcry to help, at least two more donor screenings will be held in Meridian, with the first being this Thursday July 3 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Newell Chapel CME Church located just off 14th Street near the hospitals.

"We have a lot of people saying they feel they are the donor," says Amanda's husband Mitch. "I hope they are!"

When tested, healthcare officials will prick your finger and collect a blood sample. If you are a match, they say you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Aside from Thursday's bone marrow screening, another will be held the following Thursday July 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Anderson Hospital's Cancer Center.

Once tested, your name will be placed on an international registry for potential bone marrow donors. If you are not a match for Amanda, healthcare officials say you could be a match for someone else. However, even if you are a match for someone else they say you cannot be forced to ultimately donate; that choice is still up to you.

Meanwhile, with growing public support, Amanda's family says they're optimistic.

"I feel good about it!" says Mitch.


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