Students Tested For Classmate Marrow Match

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For Sarah Kearns, saying, 'Ah' seemed obvious.

'If I should be called on to donate my bone marrow I think I could suck it up and donate to a good cause definitely,' says Grad student Sarah Kearns.

Especially if she`s a match for classmate Sean Murry.

'It's called Diamond Blackfan anemia and it's a deficiency in your bone marrow and it prevent it from making blood cells,' says Sean Murry.

The Lindenwood sophomore`s rare blood cancer requires him to have a blood transfusion.

'Every 3 weeks,' says Murry.

He`s been doing this as long as he can remember.

'Since you have it, you've been doing it since birth,' says Murry.  'It's just another part of life for me.  Going to hospitals is just as normal as going to school now.'

Today his classmates organized a 'Swab for Sean' drive to get individuals tested and registered for the national bone marrow donor list.

'About every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies from a blood cancer,' says Patrick Clark.  'The chances of finding a match, is the equivalent of finding your genetic twin.'

Oddly enough, Sean`s three younger brothers have the same disorder. The only cure, is a bone marrow transplant.

'If a donor matches him chances of it matching all for are very strong so it's not only one life its four lives,' says Daniel Bedell the co-organizer of the event.

Today in the first three hours of the drive, more than 300 people signed up and got swabbed. Whether any are a match for Sean or someone else, all that matters to this Sophomore is today`s turnout.

'It's a great feeling that I could help make a difference or help find a cure for not just me but one of hundreds of kids out there struggling with stuff like this,' says Murry.

It`s evident that Sean and these students put the class in classmate.

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