STONEHAM (CBS) – The school community in Stoneham comes together to support one of them in hopes of saving a life.
Central Middle School gathers around Assistant Principal Sandra Fulmer and her family, praying that someone will be the match for her daughter Melissa.
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Melissa was diagnosed with a rare leukemia at the end of February. After three months of chemotherapy, doctors say a bone marrow transplant will give her a chance to fight.
So far there are over 22 million swabs in the national database and there is still no match.
Yet belief still circulates around the mother of two that anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 is ready and willing to help.
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“It was very difficult, someone you get so close to. Her pain, the pain she’s going through. The staff were devastated when they heard the news and yes, it came close to home for everyone,” director Chris Banos told WBZ-TV.
“One smear, one match. You save someone, you save a life and what more could you want, that is the greatest gift you can give someone. “
A “Be The Match” event will be held at Central Middle School Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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The swabs are both drive-up and walk-up. The process only takes a few seconds, but it can make all the difference.