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Bone marrow, blood drive for Chris Cox

Tyler Wengert
Special to the Sky-Hi News

At this time of year, many seniors are enjoying their last days of high school, and happily applying for college. For Christopher Cox, his senior year is going very differently. His started just like any other, but quickly took a turn for the worse. On Sep.17 Chris was diagnosed with Idiopathic Acute Aplastic Anemia. This disease has caused Chris' bone marrow to work at a severely inhibited rate. Due to a lack of platelets in his blood, Chris' body does not have the ability to clot blood. This means that even the smallest of scraps could be fatal for Chris. In addition to being unable to clot blood, the disease has left Chris in a fragile, unstable condition. He has been kept in the hospital since Sep. 25 after battling with Mononucleosis and several infections. Depending on Chris' condition, a bone marrow transplant may be the only way to cure this rare disease. More recently, Chris has been progressing slowly and is now able to walk around and leave his hospital room for short periods of time.

Over 30 percent of the world's population has some form of anemia. It is highly likely that each and every person reading this knows at least one anemic person. While not all forms are as severe as Christopher's, many people still require transplants to cure themselves of this life threatening disease. It is possible to help these unfortunate sufferers by being tested and added to the Bone Marrow Match Registry. The test is a simple cheek swab. The test information is added to the registry, and when a patient is in need of a transplant, the registry is searched for a bone marrow match.

To help Christopher, and millions of other people like him, a Bone Marrow Drive and Blood Drive is being held at Middle Park High School on Dec. 14. This drive, hosted in Chris' name by Middle Park FBLA and the Granby Rotary, will be open to the public, and all are encouraged to support the cause. Please keep in mind, you must be 16 or older to donate blood, and 18 or older to be added to the Bone Marrow Match Registry.

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