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Are you a match? | Knoxville woman, thousands of others need bone marrow transplant

Larson was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2017.
Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 5:22 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Dani Larson, of Knoxville, is on a mission to get as many people registered to give bone marrow, or blood cell transplant, through the group Be The Match. Larson has already gotten nearly 500 people to sign up, but she’s still in dire need of a transplant herself. She was diagnosed with Leukemia back in 2017.

“I remember not being able to walk to the mailbox,” Larson said.

Be The Match offers access to more than 37 million donors willing to give life-saving bone marrow or blood stem cells.

“If you’re between the ages of 18 and 44, you can request that a mouth swab be mailed to you and because that short 7 minute online process,” Amanda Cooley, regional donor recruiter, said.

A patient’s likelihood of finding a match on the registry ranges from 29 to 79%.

Larson has been waiting for months.

“It feels like I’m just sitting around passing the time and it’s hard to find a sense of purpose,” Larson said.

The former show dancer is hopeful one person can step up to give her a life-saving victory.

“Something with such little risk can give the highest reward,” Larson said.

Click here to see if you are a match for her or another patient in her shoes.

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