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Bone marrow drive slated for Paul Kuntz

Published October 25. 2010 05:00PM

The family of Paul Kuntz of Palmerton will be holding a bone marrow drive on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church at 4131 Lehigh Dr. in Cherryville.

Paul has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow stem cell disorder resulting in disorderly and ineffective blood production. MDS usually occurs in older people, typically starting after age 50.

The symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome are related to the lack of normal blood cells.

The lack of red blood cells causes anemia, leading to fatigue and shortness of breath. A lack of white blood cells leaves the body open to infection and a lack of platelet cells makes it difficult for the blood to clot (leading to unusual bruising or bleeding.)

A stem cell (bone marrow) transplant to replace the unhealthy bone marrow cells with healthy ones can produce normal blood cells.

Paul is in need of a bone-marrow transplant and his family is holding the drive to find a matching donor. The family wants people to know that if you think you would be willing to become a donor, it can be determined if you would be compatible by simply having the inside of your cheek swabbed. It is painless and non-invasive. This is the procedure that will be done at the church on Thursday, Oct. 28 between 4-7:30 p.m. For additional information or if you have any questions, you may call Ron or Lynn Witt at (610) 381-3504.

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