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Firefighter looking for matching bone marrow donors

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Alachua County Fire Rescue Chief Harold Theus has posted the following information on the Alachua County Fire Rescue Facebook page:

“Brandon Boothby works as a Firefighter/Paramedic for Alachua County Fire Rescue. Two months ago, he and his wife Lauren had their first child. Recently, Brandon became suddenly ill and has now been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. Brandon will need a bone marrow transplant and further treatment. Please lift them up in your prayers that they will quickly find a match and give him the healing he needs.”

Potential donors can register to see if they are a match here.

At the above link, potential donors can opt to “Join online.” Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 40. After answering questions about their medical history, qualified donors are sent a registration kit in the mail to give a swab of cheek cells. The registry will tissue type the sample you provide and use the results to match donors to patients.

A friend of the family has started this fundraiser.

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