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Drive Organizers Seek Bone Marrow Match for Boy with AML

A former Wichita Falls couple is hoping you can take just 20 seconds out of your Saturday in hopes of saving their son's life.
    Noel Hauke is described as a lively, typical seven-year-old boy.
    He was looking forward to his winter break from school, when his family got news that changed their lives.
    Tiffany Roehm, who's organizing a bone marrow drive to benefit Noel, says, "Right before Christmas of last year, he was tested and found out that he has leukemia.  It's Accute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML.
    Noel started chemotherapy immediately, but treatments alone won't be able to save his life.
    "It is a life-threatening illness, and without a bone marrow donor, he will not survive," Roehm says.
    That's when Roehm, who's a friend of the family, decided to step in and help.
    "His story and the plight of his parents to find a donor touched my heart greatly because our son, when he was five, we were told that he possibly had Leukemia.  I feel the desperation of his parents to find a match for him," Roehm says.
    She's organizing a bone marrow drive at the Wichita Falls Community Health Fair in hopes of finding a match for Noel.
    The test takes a total of about 20 seconds, just a few seconds that Roehm says can save a child's life.
    "We'll just do a simple cheek swab with a registration form and they'll put the sample in the databank, and hopefully we'll find a match for either Noel or somebody else that's battling these diseases," Roehm says.
    The bone marrow drive is part of the Wichita Falls Community Health Fair this Saturday.
    Only four in 10 patients seeking a bone marrow transplant ever find a life-saving match.
    Noel's family hopes to find a match so he can get a transplant in early summer.
    He lives in Germany, where he's about to undergo his fourth chemotherapy treatment.
    To find out if you're qualified to be a donor, go to www.GetSwabbed.org
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