Bone Marrow Drive

A study done at Howard University in Washington, D.C. shows fear is the biggest reason many African Americans aren't registered as bone marrow donors.

A Dothan man suffers from leukemia and needs your help.

Chris Welsh and his Pastor Charles Lewis, check on the information packets for an upcoming fundraising event.

Welsh is spearheading a bone marrow drive at Dothan Community Church to help friend, Robert Brooks.

Brooks suffers from a form of leukemia.

"Robert is 32 years old with two young children an his wife is Lowanda. This was a natural fit to try and put this together," Welsh said.

Brooks' cancer was in remission until last winter. He's in Arlington, Texas receiving treatment, but the treatment can only go so far without a bone marrow transplant.

The problem is, it's more likely to find a match within the same race. However, statistics show not many minorities have signed up to become a donor.

"We realize the odds are pretty long for anyone to find a match,” Welsh says. “There are a lot of people on the registry, but the odds are even longer for an African-American because there aren't as many African-American's in the registry."

However, you can help. Dothan Community Church is holding a donor drive.

All you have to do is show up and provide a saliva sample and you'll be called if you're a match.

Pastor Lewis said, "We love Robert, we love his family; he is a part of us. In so doing, we are keeping with the commandments of Christ."

The first of two drives will be held Friday at Dothan Community Church from 8AM until 6PM.

The second drive will be held Saturday from 8AM until 3PM.

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