Bone marrow drive held for Alex Blair during second battle with leukemia

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – A bone marrow donation drive was held for Alex Blair today. The drive was held at the Cambridge Fire Department, where Alex is a volunteer firefighter.

The drive was done through Be The Match, a non-profit marrow donor program.

Over 100 people attended the drive and did cheek swabs to determine if they are a match. Family, friends, firefighters, and people who don’t even know Alex were there to support her.

“The fact that this room is full of people who are getting swabbed to maybe make that commitment to help save my daughter’s life or anybody is amazing,” said Alex’s mother, Heather Blair.

To donate, a cheek swab is done and sent to a testing lab. If you are a match to someone in need of bone marrow, you then have the choice to donate.

If you’d like to donate but can’t attend a drive, you can order a cheek swab test from www.bethematch.org. To donate, you must be 18 to 44 years old and free of certain health conditions listed on the program’s website.

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