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FSU Holds Second Annual Bone Marrow Drive

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The words "you have cancer" change your life the moment that you hear them.

For Tehron Jacobs, it was no different. 

"2009 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma," he said. "I actually found out because of rugby. New kid hit me around the neck and my neck swelled up real big."

Jacobs has gone through chemotherapy, radiation, and a stem cell transplant in three years.

He is currently in remission, but if the cancer were to come back it would mean he would need a bone marrow transplant.  

His rugby team held its second annual "Give a Spit about Cancer" drive Wednesday, where people could sign up to be a bone marrow donor. 

"There's nothing you could do to match the ability to alter someone's life in a positive way by just signing up and swabbing your cheek," Jacobs said.

Getting involved in the Bone Marrow Drive is something that is extremely easy to do. All you need to do is fill out a packet and swab the inside of your cheek. 

That's all it takes to save someone's life.

In 2011, a Fairmont State University student who participated was declared a match. 

"The student that was here decided they would help and they potentially saved that persons life," said Fairmont State University Junior April Pierson.

Doctors said bone marrow donors are greatly needed, especially from minority groups.

"If we have Latino patients or African American patients we don't have a lot of donors in those minority groups," said Fairmont General Hospital Doctor John Azar. "The focus is trying to encourage people in the minority group to volunteer."

Jacobs said the "Give a Spit about Cancer" Drive is something FSU's Rugby Team will continue to do and even spread it to schools around the nation.

"As far as other schools, I would love to see them do it," Jacobs said. "I would love to see our team get some recognition for starting it somewhere else."

Jacobs has started the Tehron Jacobs Cancer Foundation to help others in the same way they helped him during his cancer treatments.

For more information, you can visit his Facebook page.
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