There are many fun activities at the Hyde Park Pioneer Days Celebration this weekend and there is also a chance to take a step to save someone’s life. Former schoolteacher Rebecca Dutson is asking that people become part of a “marrow donor registry drive” because she said a transplant could be needed, especially for certain kinds of cancers and for blood disorders.
Dutson is still recuperating from her second transplant that came about after she was found to have two types of leukemia. Fortunately, she said, both of her brothers were perfect matches. Now she wants to help those who have to wait.
“I didn’t know about the bone marrow registry. I didn’t know it existed,” Dutson said on KVNU’s Crosstalk program. “Part of it is just educating people and letting them know it is out there.
“If they don’t want to sign up Friday night or Saturday morning they can do it on their own time. They can get on the Internet and request a kit and do it themselves. It’s as simple as a cheek swab and it’s free.”
Dutson will be in a booth at the Hyde Park celebration, probably wearing a mask. She said without the two bone marrow transplants she would not still be alive.