Bone Marrow Donor Needed for Pike Petersen

Bone marrow donors are needed for 13-year-old Park Cities Baptist Church member Pike Petersen and others.

The eighth grader was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia after he became ill and was hospitalized after returning from summer camp. Pike’s diagnosis came after his mother, Mica, completed her own treatment for lymphoma last fall.

More than 1,200 filled out paperwork and were swabbed to see if they could be a potential bone marrow donor for Pike or others in need during a donor drive Aug. 27 at Park Cities Baptist Church in partnership with the nonprofit Earl Young’s Team, the nonprofit said.

Those between 18 and 55 in good health who couldn’t make it to the donor drive can order a free, at-home swab kit on DKMS’ website.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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