Tuesday, June 24 2014, 09:58 PM EDT
Simple Swab Could Save Martha Lee's Life
Martha Lee has been working at East Ridge Barber Shop for 39 years. She works along side her husband Jerry, his brother, and their nephew.
The second you step inside, you can tell they are close knit.
"I feel like we have a really strong support family," Martha Lee said. "This is an extended family that we love dearly."
Martha was diagnosed with Leukemia, and was told by her physicians that she had less than a year to live if they could not find a bone marrow match.
Out of 12 million marrow donors in the system, so far, not one is a match.
But, perhaps, you could be.
"To be on the marrow registry is very special," said Rhonda Moore with Blood Assurance. "It could be the most important thing you do in your lifetime. If you save someone's life."
ll you have to do to sign up is fill out a Donor registration and consent form, and a cheek swab.
The chances of you actually being a match and donating are about 1 in 500.
"They could very well be the one person who could cure someone who has leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell anemia," said Moore.
There will be a Marrow Donor Registry Drive Thursday, July 10th in Ringgold, Georgia.
It will be at the Catoosa Utility District Authority.
"It's not just for Martha," said Jerry Lee. "It's for the whole world."