Thursday, January 31, 2013

Life-threatening illness puts it all in perspective

McNeal Elementary School teacher Nancy Newby and her husband Jim. (provided photo)

What's on your to-do list?

Bills to pay, gas for the car,  birthday gift for someone special, an appointment with the dentist.

How about saving a life?

If you're between the ages of 18 and 44, you could be the one person in 100,000 or more who is a match for someone needing a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Nancy Newby, a beloved McNeal Elementary School teacher battling multiple myeloma, a form of cancer in the blood, is awaiting a compatible match.

Several local campaigns are planned by the Icla da Silva Foundation, a recruitment center for Be the Match.

When a person registers as a possible donor, they have a swab taken from the inside of each cheek to determine the tissue type. Confidentiality is guaranteed.

Drives are planned at:

* Bradenton Urgent Care, 4647 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,  9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

* Lakewood Ranch Urgent Care, 9908 S.R. 64 E., East Manatee, 3 - 7 p.m. Feb. 6.

* Sarasota Urgent Care 6272 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Feb. 7.

Anyone wanting to help may also make a direct financial contribution on line at:

For more information about Nancy Newby and efforts to save her life, visit:

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