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Documentary examines the need for diversity in bone marrow donations

Vanessa Shafer of Liberty Lake had a life-saving medical procedure in July 2017 thanks to a donor who lives nearly 3,000 miles away in Boston. Shafer, 29, received stem cells for leukemia treatment through a national marrow donor program, and she is now cancer free. Her donor, a 25-year-old woman, almost forgot she signed up for the Be The online registry program about three years before getting a call.

Grandmother steps up to improve marrow registry; legislation planned

Ten-year-old Jada Bascom has thrived since receiving bone marrow transplant as an infant. The Jada Bascom Foundation recently marked National Marrow Awareness Month. And two legislators announced a plan to introduce a measure calling for a simple way for prospective donors to connect with the National Bone Marrow Registry.

7-year-old girl needs bone marrow match

London Bowater, 7, is in the fight of her life, and her family is asking the Spokane community for help. London was diagnosed in 2011 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to help her survive.