By Wendy Holdren
Two young women battling cancer hosted a blood drive and a bone marrow registration drive Saturday at Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle to give back and help out others.
Nearly 100 people donated blood and more than 70 added their names to the bone marrow registry, thanks to Jamie Massey, 17, and Chelsey Light, 19.
One of the organizers of the event, Anthony Treadway, said Jamie and Chelsey, through their experience battling cancer, had seen many other kids fighting whose only hope is for a bone marrow transplant.
“They got the idea to set up a blood drive and bone marrow registry to give back and help out others,” Treadway said.
Chelsey was diagnosed in July 2011 and continues battling desmoplastic small round cell tumor; Jamie was diagnosed with leukemia, and is no stranger to the battle against cancer.
Jamie’s mom, Terri Lynne Massey, passed away in October 2009, at age 39, after a four-year struggle with breast cancer. Her family formed Terri’s Tribute, which is an organization to raise college scholarship money for Jamie, her siblings, and other kids who have lost a parent to breast cancer. They also raise awareness about breast cancer with the world’s longest pink scarf, displayed at Tamarack.
Kelly Elkins, aka Burn N Kell, and several other members of the Beckley Area Derby Dames attended the donorama Saturday, in hopes of making a difference.
“I want to give these girls a chance,” Elkins said. “These girls are going against some pretty big odds, and if my bone marrow could help give someone a chance, that’s what I’m here for.”
Treadway said the community is always great about coming out and supporting Terri’s Tribute blood drives, and this special donorama was no exception.
For anyone who was unable to attend, check out Terri’s Tribute on Facebook for upcoming events.
For more information about local blood drives, visit www. redcross.org, and for more information about becoming a bone marrow donor, visit www.bethematch.org.
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