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Super heroes Wanted

How would you like to do something really nice for someone else? It won't take much of your time and you could become someone's hero. Giving blood is one way-- but becoming a bone marrow donor takes it another step further. Tremendous good is being done around the world with bone morrow donations.

Here's a wonderful success story from right here in the Coastal Empire. Penny Smith was only 17 when she was diagnosed with a form of leukemia requiring a bone marrow transplant. We've been telling you about Penny beginning years ago with her search for a donor-- all the way through her recovery after the procedure-- and you should see her today. Working in Patient and Guest Relations at Memorial Health, now Penny-Smith Horton is seeing her dreams come true. "I graduated from college, started working here at Memorial, and I got married four years ago, bought a house. I'm able to live a normal life." That's because of a super hero named Andrea Fosse from Germany who registered as a bone marrow donor and turned out to be a match for Penny.

Today Penny has what she calls an overwhelming sense of gratitude that someone she didn't know, who didn't know her, made the effort to give her a second chance at life.

You can be a super hero.  For more information contact The Savannah Community Blood Bank--  Kristie Waterfield at 350-6730.

For more information on the Bone Marrow Registry you can log on to www.marrow.org.

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