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You have to the opportunity to help save a man's life

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There's an opportunity in Owensboro where you could help save someone's life.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is hosting a bone marrow donor drive for an alumnus and former Owensboro resident.

When the Kentucky Wesleyan community found out that one of its own was suffering from a deadly disease, it decided to come together and show its support.

That person is Chris Herrell an Owensboro High School and Kentucky Wesleyan graduate who now lives in Cincinnati.

Recently, he was diagnosed with MDS, a rare form of blood cancer.

The only cure is a bone marrow transplant, and currently, no donors in the national registry match Chris.

He needs to find a matching tissue type, not a matching blood type.

The first day of the school's donor drive took place today, where people simply had to fill out a form and have the inside of their cheek swabbed.

Campus nurse Tonya Robinson explains why the drive is so important.

"You're not only here for Chris. We're here because we know him, and he's part of our family, but you're here for the rest of those who have rare cancers that need bone marrow transplant," said Robinson. 

The drive will also be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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