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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Staff writer | May 6, 1991
A Crownsville family has launched a nationwide search for a bone-marrow donor who can give their 10-year-old daughter the best chance at beating a rare leukemia.Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital diagnosed Nianque Early Dec. 3, after she'd run a fever for several weeks.The fifth-grader, daughter of computer operator Doug Early and artist Lynn Early, travels to Hopkins for chemotherapy, sometimes several times a week.The disease has gone into remission. But for Nianque to survive a form of leukemia rarely found in children, doctors have recommended a bone-marrow transplant as soon as possible.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
"Good Morning America"  co-host George Stephanopoulos used the adjective "staggering" to describe the response to his on-air partner Robin Roberts' announcement this week that she has a blood disease and needs a bone marrow transplant. In the 24 hours since that announcement on GMA, the number of bone marrow donors rose more than 1,000 percent, ABC News reports. This is a story milllions of viewers will follow closely, and one takeaway from the response this week is a reminder of how deeply many of us come to care about the people we see day in and day out on TV. This seems to be especially true in morning television where there is an ongoing conversation between the hosts and their audience with personal aspects of the TV performers' lives shared.
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By Sherry Graham and Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 2, 1999
SEARCHING FOR A needle in a haystack would be an arduous task, but one any parent would do to save their child.George and Nancy Hladky of Sykesville are searching for that needle in the haystack for their son Gregory.Greg, a 16-year-old junior at South Carroll High School, was stricken with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in December 1997 and is in need of a bone marrow transplant.The gregarious teen-ager has been fighting the disease and has been in and out of Johns Hopkins Hospital many times over the past 15 months.
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May 26, 2011
The best thing in today's world is that our kids no longer wait till they are adults to get involved when they see a need. North Laurel resident Joshua Driesman has lost two members of his extended family to leukemia. He is not 18 yet, so he cannot donate, but that is not stopping Joshua. He is holding a bone marrow donor drive Wednesday, June 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab so that he can try and help others fighting this terrible disease.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2004
A few Columbia high school students learned a tough lesson about politics this week when their General Assembly bill to lower the age requirement for bone marrow donors was shelved for this session. The measure, which would lower the minimum age for donors from 18 to 16 with parental consent, was referred for summer study because of "technical problems" in it, said Del. John Adams Hurson, a Montgomery County Democrat and chairman of the Health and Government Operations Committee. He refused to be more specific.
NEWS
November 16, 1999
In MarylandDNR police officer charged with stealing drug moneyA Department of Natural Resources police officer has been charged with stealing $200 in drug money seized during a traffic stop, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.Donald Jacobs, 38, of the 3800 block of Arbutus Ave. also was charged with misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. Trial is set for Feb. 29 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.At the time of the alleged offense, Jacobs was assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | November 27, 1994
Darrell R. Robertson Jr. signed up to be a bone marrow donor while his son was in a nearby hospital waiting to learn whether the healthy marrow cells he received from a stranger would free his body of leukemia.The odds were 1 in 20,000 that Sergeant Robertson, a state police officer, would be the last, best shot at life for a stranger. But when the letter came more than five years later, asking him to take sophisticated tests that would identify the most compatible marrow donor for a leukemia victim, he was sure he would be the one.In January 1988, Darrell and Susan Robertson had taken their 11-year-old son, Darrell R. III -- "Robby" -- from their home near Union Bridge to Wisconsin Children's Hospital for a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Staff Writer | March 12, 1993
Demetria Ebony Campbell had not yet graduated from college when she was diagnosed with leukemia.But in the two-year struggle against the illness that eventually took her life, the 22-year-old touched a wide circle of people that stretched far beyond the city limits of Baltimore all the way to Hollywood.In tribute to this young woman who had accomplished so much, more than 500 family members, friends, community leaders, off-duty policemen and at least one West Coast celebrity gathered here yesterday for her funeral.
NEWS
June 16, 1991
After 10 months of searching for a bone marrow donor to save his life, the Rev. Bert Benz will receive a transplant from his daughter July 19 in a Lexington, Ky., medical center.Although the transplant was scheduled for July, Benz said it was moved up because the chemotherapy he has been taking to control his white blood-cell count has lost effectiveness.He will give his last sermon June 30 at Faith Baptist Church before heading off to Lexington that afternoon with his family. If all goes well with the transplant, Benz could be back at the pulpit in 12 to 18 months, he said.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Staff Writer | December 9, 1992
Parents of a Baltimore leukemia patient have mobilized a star-studded campaign to dramatically increase the number of blacks locally who are registered as potential bone marrow donors.Roland Campbell couldn't have been more blunt yesterday about the reason he has turned to black churches, public officials and celebrities like Charles Dutton, the Baltimore-born star of the television show, "Roc," to trumpet the need for donors.His 21-year-old daughter, Demetria, needs a bone marrow transplant, and she needs one fast.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
The freshman class at Loyola Blakefield is trying to carry out the school motto, "men for others," as students rally around classmate Joe Gorman. The 14-year-old, who has attended the private school since sixth grade, is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare genetic form of the blood disease. He needs a bone marrow transplant, but no family member is a suitable match. Gorman's classmates, who are too young to be marrow donors themselves, are raising money with carwashes, raffles and other events.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | July 20, 2009
Andres Zapata says that the lacrosse teams he and Jonathan Haupt played on at Goucher College more than a decade ago weren't very good. But Haupt was always one of the leaders in practice as well as games. "He was always there to help," Zapata recalled Sunday Zapata, along with many of Haupt's friends, family and many total strangers, is now trying to return the favor as Haupt, a 32-year-old software developer from Northern Virginia, battles a rare and aggressive form of leukemia called acute myelogenous leukemia.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun Reporter | January 16, 2007
Tania Laguerre, a 34-year-old supervisor at NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, heard from her boss about a campaign to get more minorities to volunteer as potential bone marrow donors. So Laguerre, an African-American, used her holiday yesterday to drive to the Park School in Pikesville, where she signed up at an outreach event designed to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "There are a lot of areas where minorities are shortchanged, and if there are any areas where I can help out, that's my goal," said Laguerre as she filled out an application.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2005
A bill to allow teens to register as bone marrow donors that was conceived and pushed for two years by students at Columbia's Oakland Mills High School won unanimous approval from the Maryland House of Delegates yesterday. "We're excited about it. We do think it will go," said Kimberly Sealey, who, with fellow seniors Jade Vaughn, Monica Holloway and Kenyetta Alston - all 17 - testified for their bill at a House Health and Government Operations Committee hearing in Annapolis on Feb. 22. The bill would widen the pool of donors by allowing people younger than 18 to register, with a physician's approval - a change that soothed fears that high school students might not be mature enough to make such a decision.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2004
It's been four years since Carol and B.J. Diamond's infant daughter, Cameron, underwent a bone marrow transplant - a risky, complicated medical procedure - to beat the leukemia that was threatening her life. Since then, the Crofton couple have watched Cameron grow into a healthy child - a little girl who, with her bright smile and dimpled cheeks, could easily allow her parents to forget about the deadly disease with which she was born. Instead, the Diamonds have vowed never to forget it. Tomorrow, they are joining more than a dozen of their Crofton neighbors, along with a team from Johns Hopkins Hospital, to host a bone marrow donor recruitment drive at Crofton Woods Elementary School.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | April 16, 1999
Kim Brittain has cried plenty over the past few months, but yesterday she wept tears of joy.That's because doctors have scheduled a bone marrow transplant for her 2-year-old son, Austin, after neighbors and strangers rallied to raise $56,000 to pay for the operation. Brittain tearfully thanked everyone who sent money, cards and letters."The response was overwhelming, more than we thought," Brittain said yesterday from her Norrisville home in Harford County. "I just want to let everyone know that Austin is doing well, that he is strong, and that we are so grateful."
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff writer | April 14, 1991
The nationwide search for a bone marrow donor to save the Rev. BertBenz's life has led back to his doorstep on Hi View Drive.The donor could be his 12-year-old daughter, Lauren, who goes with him to Lexington, Ky., later this month for further testing.While not a perfect match, Lauren is the best one doctors have been able to find, said Benz, who was diagnosed during a routine physical last August with chronic myelogenous leukemia.Blood drives andbone marrow searches conducted in Carroll for Benz, the pastor of Faith Baptist Church, yielded no matches.
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