|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: