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Hayley, an active 12-year-old from Saco, is in critical need of a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disease. She was first diagnosed with aplastic anemia at age 6 and endured repeated hospitalizations and blood transfusions. Her treatment was deemed a success in 2009, but in October 2014 the family learned that Hayley had suffered a relapse and needs a bone marrow transplant.
To help find a donor for Hayley, Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is holding bone marrow drives at its Biddeford Medical Center in Classroom B and its Sanford Medical Center in the Learning Center on March 3 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The registration is simple and it could save a life. All you need to do is complete a simple form and swab the inside of your cheek with a Q-tip, which will be sent away to see if you are a match.
People are eligible to register as a bone marrow donor if they are:
• Between the ages of 18 and 55.
• In general good health.
• At least 110 pounds and 4 feet 10 inches tall.
• Willing to donate to any patient in need.
• A permanent U.S. resident.Learn more at
To learn more visit www.deletebloodcancer.org. If you are unable to attend the screening, you can request a free at-home screening kit at the same website.
What It Means to be a Donor
Robin Emmons, who works in the ED Registration at SMHC Medical Center in Sanford, was of donor almost a year ago and shares her story: "To be a donor was an amazing experience. Though you don't know much about your recipient, you know you are saving their life. When I got the call that I was a potential match, I was ecstatic – this meant a young lady would have a second chance at life. My donation was peripheral stem cells. Though the day for donation was long, it was virtually painless. I remember thinking over and over again, 'I am giving someone a new outlook on life.'
To be screened, in my opinion, is one of the most selfless acts of kindness anyone could provide. A simple cheek swab could be the difference between life and death. Three months post donation, I received a letter stating that my recipient was doing very well. In May it will have been a year since donation and I am looking forward to meeting the young lady that now has a new outlook on life."