Hundreds of UofL students come out for bone marrow drive


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 6:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- University of Louisville students turned out at a bone marrow drive on campus Monday.

It is one of many events planned to help Chris Herrell,  who has a rare form of blood cancer called MDS, the same disease as Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.

Chris' family is hoping to find that perfect match to save his life as well. Herrell, 39, was the picture of perfect health; a marathon runner, active and healthy. That is until November when a routine run felt completely out of the ordinary. A test revealed he had a rare form of blood cancer

"He's doing well. As well as he can be. He's obviously sick to some degree," Tim Statts, Chris' Friend said.

The husband and father of three young children was diagnosed with MDS. The fight to find him a match is being led by his best friend from Louisville Tim Statts.

"They are very positive and very grateful for all the support they are getting across Cincinnati, Louisville and everywhere," Statt said.

Tim and Chris grew up together in Owensboro. Chris now lives in Cincinnati.  Tim is on a mission to find a match at drives across the country.

"We are gonna keep swabbing til we find the one," Statt said.

There have been numerous drives around the country for Chris. To date 2,100 swabs have been taken to find that perfect match.

Students that showed up to do a simple swab test do not even know Chris, but they are willing to help.

You know that if you are called you can save that one person's life and that's really special," donor Christine Kathman said.

They know they could be the key to saving lives. If you are interested in getting involved, click here for more information.