Dupont Hospital to host bone marrow drive

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Dupont Hospital is hosting a bone marrow drive after one of their own NICU nurses, Lorraine Hancock inspired coworkers after being diagnosed with AML, a rapidly progressing form of leukemia. The drive will be held on November 9 at the hospital.

Lorraine Hancock received a life saving bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with AML.
Lorraine Hancock received a life-saving bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with AML.

Hancock said she was feeling run down and occasionally short of breath. Symptoms eventually progressed and she found herself in the ER with the life-threatening diagnosis. Chemotherapy put Hancock into remission, but the only chance of a cure would be the bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, family members who were tested were not a match, according to a press release from Dupont Hospital.

Hancock was placed into the Be the Match database. Within weeks a match was located and Hancock received her transplant in October and came home earlier this week.

Dupont Hospital now wants to make sure others have access to this life-saving transplant. If you want to participate in the drive, the event will take place in the main lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will only take a few minutes to fill out a registration form, and undergo two 30 second check swabs. Most people are “in and out” in 10 minutes.

If you cannot participate in person, you can have a kit sent to your home which you can mail it back. For more information visit DKMS.