The Search Continues
- Dozens of people showed up at a Northwest Side police station Tuesday afternoon to help save the life of a Chicago Police officer.
Blanca Magallon, 43, a plain-clothes tactical officer who works out of the 1st District at 18th and State, has leukemia, and needs to find a bone marrow match in order to undergo a life-saving transplant.
Many of her colleagues submitted to a quick cheek swab to see if they could be a potential donor to save her life, or the life of some one else in search of a match.
There might be some options out there:
- Nine potential matches for Magallon have been found, but each donor decided not to go through with the procedure.
- “Most people wrongly assume the process automatically involves surgery, but 80 percent of the time the bone marrow can be obtained through stem cells in a person’s blood,” said Lauren Johnson, who coordinated the marrow drive for Be the Match, which is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.
Hopefully, someone changes their mind or another match is found shortly.
- Another bone marrow drive in which volunteers will undergo a simple cheek swab will be Dec. 29 at the 4th district station, 2255 E. 103rd St. from noon to 8 p.m.