Church Community Helps Deacon Find Bone Marrow Donors

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.--One Central Arkansas church community is coming together to help raise awareness for one of their own. Cory Adams - a Deacon at Saint Mark Baptist Church - is one of thousands of people in need of a bone marrow transplant every year. "This is Cory and Caden on their way to church," says Tevia Adams, wife of Deacon Cory Adams.

Tevia Adams has learned moments like this can change in a flash. She knows all to well from her husband's diagnosis with a rare bone marrow disease just two months ago. "And our initial reaction when we found out he was ill, and it wasn't the common cold, we were shocked and surprised," says Adams. Like many others who were used to seeing the deacon in good health. "He was here at the church for an episode, which ultimately led to him being admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a plastic anemia," says Chris Bell.

Leading members of his church family to take matters into their own hands."Recently after learning about Cory needing a bone marrow I did start doing some research and found that there's like nine million people on the registry for bone marrow," says Patricia Minor.

Partnering with a local non-profit - they decided to hold a drive at the church in hopes of finding others like Cory - a matching donor. "We then through his experience the need in the community at large, to have more bone marrow donors, specifically in the African American community," says Bell.

While Cory's wife, works to raise awareness, she's hoping her husbands diagnosis, will in return save the life of someone else. "We're hoping, not just St. Mark, other organizations other churches will help get involved and help this become a big community outreach," says Adams.

To find out more, visit DKMS.org.


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