Columbus native with leukemia fights to stay alive

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The clock is ticking for a young Columbus native. Richard Allen Junior, 30, needs a bone marrow transplant.  While the National Marrow Donor program has approximately 9 million potential donors, only 7% are African American. Because of Richard’s race,  his chances of finding a match are as low as 66 percent.

His family is hoping you’ll help raise those odds by attending a Be the Match Registry Bone Marrow donor drive this month. Richard says he’s not ready to die.

“I’d like to stick around. I want to see my nephew grow older. I’d like to have children of my own. And I’d like your help.”

A Be the Match Marrow donor registry drive for people ages 18 to 44 will be held Tuesday, October 20 from 2:00 to 7:00 at West Central Regional Hospital Building One. It’s located at 3000 Schatulga Road in Columbus.

Richard and his mother Felicia Hardaway are starting a foundation to educate and help others battling leukemia meet the financial burdens that come with treatment.

Richard was initially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April 2014. After treatment started, remission lasted just two months before the cancer returned.

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