2005-12-16 / Front Page

Kristen’s Kancer Kure a real success

By John Dixon

Reggie Bradford, one of the event organizers, and Mike Genova support Rose Tindall, co–principal, as she donates blood at K3Reggie Bradford, one of the event organizers, and Mike Genova support Rose Tindall, co–principal, as she donates blood at K3

Kristen Darby and her family want to say a heartfelt thanks to all of the people who turned out at the K3 – Kristen’s Kancer Kure – blood and marrow drive Saturday, December 10 at Cardinal Newman School. The event was a huge success.

According to Reggie Bradford, one of the chief organizers of the event, Kristen was “absolutely humbled by the outpouring of support we received from the community for this important cause. We signed almost 250 new donors to the National Marrow Registry, donated 90 pints of blood, and raised $6000 for The Kristen Darby Recovery Fund. These results are absolutely fantastic!”

Bradford added, “We could have done more, but the Red Cross was so overwhelmed by the response they could not process all the willing blood donors and had to turn folks away at 1 pm, which is most unfortunate.”

The room at Cardinal Newman was teeming with people throughout the event from 9 am to 1 pm. Kristen came out for a while to personally greet and thank donors. Despite having been quite ill much of this past week, she was cheerful and gracious to all who stopped to talk to her and obligingly posed for pictures.

Kristen and the Cheerwine Guys. That barbecue sauce was something special.Kristen and the Cheerwine Guys. That barbecue sauce was something special. Kristen’s family was there in force – parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Mr. Griffin, Kristen’s grandfather shared how thrilled the family had been to hear that a good match had been found for Kristen, and she would soon be able to have a marrow transplant and hopefully beat the cancer that has so altered her life and the lives of those around her.

Kristen was equally thrilled that her struggle could bring about something positive for others. She and her family were awed by the turnout at K3. The sponsors for this event included Print–On–Everything, Chick–Fil–A, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Coca–Cola, WLTX, WNOK, WCOS, The State , Kroger, Woodley’s Garden Center, Travinia, Print Shack, American Speedy Printing Center, Time Warner Cable, Wachovia, Larry Sharpe/Blythewood Oil Co., The National Bone Marrow Donor Program, Palmetto Internal Medicine P.A., Nonnah’s Derst Bakery, Nestle USA, Thomas and Howard, St. John Neumann Catholic School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Cardinal Newman School, The Village at Sandhill, Velvetex, Brennen Associates, and FastSigns.

Anyone who missed the K3 event or was turned away before they could make a blood or marrow donation can still help. Reggie Bradford says “a make–up day has been scheduled for December 21 at the Bull Street offices of the Red Cross. Both marrow tests and blood donations will be taken from 9 am to 5 pm. To insure that the marrow fee is reduced to just $25, volunteers need to state they are there for the recent Kristen Darby Drive.

Kristen and her family sincerely thank all participants for their generosity and caring and for making the K3 event a rousing success.

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