Cancer survivor leads marrow donor registry drive

  PSU
  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 2:00 AM
  News, Giving Back

Pittsburg, KS

Cancer survivor leads marrow donor registry drive

Considering she was seven months pregnant, Shannon McDonough didn’t think much of her constant fatigue.

“When you’re that far along and working full time, it’s natural to be tired,” she said. “I didn’t think much of it.”

She soon found out, however, that pregnancy wasn’t the only thing wearing her down.

“I went in for my seven-months checkup, and I had blood drawn,” she said. “Then they drew blood again. And I started to worry that something could be wrong.”

Something was wrong. McDonough, who was 22 at the time, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She would need a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

“Fortunately, a match was found and I received my transplant on Aug. 24, 2010,” said McDonough, now a social work student at Pittsburg State University.

With first-hand experience of how marrow donors can save lives, McDonough is hoping to encourage others to become donors.

As part of a senior project, McDonough is organizing a marrow donor registry drive. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in room Kansas 4 of Pittsburg State’s Overman Student Center.

“Being a marrow donor is easy, and you truly can save another person’s life,” she said. “My life was saved by someone who decided to become a donor.”

Joining the donor registry involves 10 minutes of paperwork and a cheek swab. Donors must be between the ages of 18-44 and be in good general health to be placed on the registry.

For more information, visit https://join.bethematch.org/bethecureatpitt.

 


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