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.
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.