Mother Searches For Bone Marrow Matches For Her 3 Sons

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(KPLR) - Maggie Murry is trying to find a bone marrow match for her oldest son.  'With this last push we were like, `It could be now or never for Sean, `' says Maggie Murry.

A series of bone marrow donor drives have been held recently for the Lindenwood student.  He and his three brothers have a rare condition called Diamond Blackfan Anemia.

'Eventually the iron that he's collecting in his body is going to preclude him from being eligible from receiving a transplant,' says Murry.

The only solution is a life saving bone marrow transplant.  Sean’s younger brother Patrick is in need of a donor as well.  But the two youngest boys are responding, so far, to daily steroid treatments.

'I have the truncated gene and for some reason, me plus Tim brought it to the four,' says Murry.  'But it’s extremely rare.  Sean was case 151 in the United States.'

Today at the Metropolitan Square Building, Murry was encouraging everyone to take a second to get swabbed.

'I saw the news on a couple of little boys and I'm in the building and I can't give blood so I'm doing this,' says Jane Pollard.

It only takes about 15 seconds.  But the chance of being a match for someone on the national waiting list could be life changing.

'To save lives,' says Michelle Bazile.  'I have kids too and I would want somebody to help me.'

It’s that kind of response that’s overwhelmed the Murry family.

'I have people say I don't know how you do it,' says Murry.  'It's family and friends and that's how we do it.  And as a parent anybody out there knows you do what you do.  Whatever you can for your kids.'

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