Sam Kimura, her sister and her best friend are on a mission to help people around the country in need of life saving blood marrow. See how these three young women are going about making a real difference.
Hallie Jerve has fought health problems for years. And her parents say her school isn’t helping her keep up when she misses class — like the law says it should. Doctors delivered the diagnosis before Hallie celebrated her second birthday. “Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, and it was stage four,” said Hallie’s mother, Melissa Jerve.
They’re trained to run into burning buildings and save lives, but Minnesota firefighters are facing a silent danger long after the flames are out. Studies show more than half of all line-of-duty deaths in firefighting are now caused by cancer. It’s a diagnosis Minnesota firefighters know all too well.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, there is a cure. It lives inside of each and every one of us, and the only way to save a life is by donating marrow.
Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. It can take just 15 minutes to find out if you can save their life. On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota Gopher football team helped recruit students for the Be The Match drive.
Connor Cosgrove, 22, is getting his last chemotherapy treatment Friday. Teri Cannon, executive director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, says it’s a day of celebration at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital. “It’s really exciting for us when any patient can be declared in complete remission,” Cannon said. She says there are a lot people who don’t know about this kind of cancer, or the fact that there are more than 150 types of blood cancer.