Bone marrow drive to help 9-year-old boy and other cancer patients find a match

Source: WUSA / Leslie Foster

The family of a 9-year-old Alexandria boy battling Leukemia held a bone marrow donation drive on Sunday, hoping to help people with cancers like his find a cure.

Jack Creedon has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. His doctors originally thought that a bone marrow transplant was his best shot at beating cancer.

Nearly 80 people gathered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria for the Be the Match event. The international registry pairs potential donors with people suffering from life-threatening blood cancers.

Creedon has a line that runs through his chest and up into the main artery of his neck. His parents hoped a donor’s bone marrow would one day run through it.

“Yeah, I flush his lines almost every night,” said his sister, Catherine Creedon.

At the church, potential donors swabbed the inside of their cheeks four separate times for 10 seconds each. The saliva is then sealed, delivered and tested.

“Were unable to find a bone marrow match for Jack,” said his dad, Dan Creedon.

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