Stem cell drive for Matt Johnson
April 26, 2008 · Updated 2:10 PM
A stem cell drive is Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church for Matt Johnson, a 1992 graduate of Friday Harbor High School who has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
This very rare blood disease is a precursor to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Johnsons only hope for a cure is a stem cell transplant.
Johnson and his wife, Jackie (formerly Jackie King), also a Friday Harbor High School graduate, and their four children live in Lake Stevens, where Johnson is an electrical contractor.
Their children are Dustin, 7; Tesa, 4; and twin girls Taylor and Jordyn, 15 months.
Johnsons MDS is an aggressive form and its critical that he find a match immediately.
To determine if youre a match, you offer a simple saliva sample. Potential donors will be listed in the National Bone Marrow Registry, which also lists possible stem cell donors.
The cost of the test is $25, but the cost will be taken care of by Johnsons families if someone cannot afford to pay.
For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.psbc.org. Or call Margaret Johnson, 472-0123; or Greg King, 378-2151.
The King and Johnson families appreciate the communitys efforts.