Back in September Brian Snyder of Palmerton was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, Philamorphic Lipo Sarcoma, which is a cancer of the soft tissue.

His cancer was classified as high grade, meaning rapidly dividing and growing. This type of cancer spreads through the blood stream and also shows up in the lungs.

He began an intense chemotherapy regimen and has responded well to this point. His treatments are in Philadelphia at the University Of Pennsylvania Hospital.

The treatment lasts four hours a day for four days. During this time he remains in Philadelphia in the hospital. The next week is a blood test followed by either IV Hydration and/or receiving blood.

Then he has a rest week only to repeat the process. According to his doctors, he is responding well and has two more treatments scheduled and his prognosis is good.

There is a possibility of radiation and at some point the mass will be removed.

His sister, RoseAnn Lesher, said that with her brother's illness, "the reality of a blood shortage has hit home and the family is hosting a blood drive and asking everyone to help if they can."

The blood drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Country Inn and Suites, 1619 Interchange Rd., Lehighton. Call to schedule an appointment at (610) 379-5066. Walk ins are welcome.