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Swab-A-Thon for Angie Bussey

By: Mollie Lair; Jillian Risberg Email
By: Mollie Lair; Jillian Risberg Email

UPDATE: 4/29/13, 6:30 p.m.

Firefighters, police officers, friends, family and total strangers all came out in force to get swabbed for Angie Bussey, who is suffering from leukemia.

"Hopefully we can find a donor for her,” says her brother, David Smith of Parkersburg. “You know she's been fighting for six months; she's a pretty tough cookie, but sometimes you need a little bit of help."

Parkersburg South students stepped up to help one of their own.

"We know Ethan Bussey and it's his mom and you know, anything we can do for a good cause, we're gonna do to help him,” says student Tre Jackson.

Get yourself swabbed, all it takes is one and you could be a lifesaving match for Angie Bussey or someone else who needs it.

"Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is to get on the bone marrow donor registry,” says Lt. Kevin Siers, of the Parkersburg Fire Department. Now it's hittin' home with one of the sheriff’s deputies wife and so it just was a good opportunity."

For one Belpre mother, it made sense to donate after a life changing experience of her own.

"My daughter got a heart transplant in 2010 and I just feel like it's something I should do. Just because someone saved my daughter's life so I feel better if I save somebody else's life,” Jennifer Beck says.

A Vincent resident calls Angie a really good friend and they go to church together.

"She’s an extraordinary woman and life is so precious and I just want to do anything I can to help,” Robin Silva says.

Screening is quick and painless and a selfless act that means so much.

"I want everybody to think about if this was somebody in your family,” says Suzanne Johnson, a family friend. “If this was a child, your husband, your spouse, your mom or your dad and you would want to save their life."

Organizers say they're overwhelmed and grateful for the kindness and generosity of the valley.

They did 365 swabs on Monday and completely ran out of kits.

But you can still help. If you'd like to be swabbed, call or go to the Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre:
800 Farson Avenue, (740) 401-0417.

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Angie bussey is a mother of two, and has been fighting leukemia for several months.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office along with other local law enforcement are encouraging you to get involved.

Next week they're holding a Swab-a-Thon. The screening is easy and painless. A simple swab of the mouth.

If you're a match, then you donate blood to a cancer patient in need.

"We're just putting this out there because a lot of people don't know about the need to have this testing done. So you know if someone's blood can save someone else's life, absolutely great. The biggest problem with finding a lot of matches is, my understanding, a lot of people don't get tested for this. So we're trying to help the family out and help out anyone that may be on the donor list by simply organizing an event," says Wood County Chief Deputy Shawn Graham.

The Swab-a-Thon is Monday, April 29th from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. It'll be in the Fort Boreman Room at the Judge Black Annex.

The Belpre Strecker Cancer Center will be collecting the samples.


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