Bone marrow drive planned for student
A local woman is directing a drive which will eventually help a young Baldwin City boy obtain a bone marrow transplant.
Patty Carpenter has taken charge of the effort which will help Baldwin Elementary School fifth grader Brock Robertson, 11-year-old son of Roger and Dana Robertson, to get the transplant needed to battle aplastic anemia, a disease which effects the immune system.
Currently, Brock's condition can be treated with medication, but eventually he will need a bone marrow transplant. That's where Carpenter entered the equation.
"It's important to me," said Carpenter. "It's something people don't think about and I'm making it easier for them."
To get the effort underway, the drive under the auspices of the Heart of America Bone Marrow Donor Registry Inc. will be from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 25 at the BES gym. But prior to that, Carpenter is urging people to pre-register.
"I need people to call me at Hedges Real Estate (where she works, 594-6983) or at home (594-6899) to preregister," she said.
Carpenter will be able to answer most questions that people might have regarding the process. If she can't, she knows where to find the answers. She said the initial screening on Feb. 25 will be easy.
"The donor gives a small amount of blood from the arm, it's typed and put in a computer," Carpenter said.
She said the cost is $80 for the donor typing, but a grant covers $59 of that. She also said she is trying to raise funds to cover those costs.