Bone marrow match day upcoming for Little Rock attorney
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Each year about 130,000 Americanswill be diagnosed with a serious blood disease, and a high number of them willneed a bone marrow transplant.
Little Rock attorney GregKitterman is well known for his legal work around central Arkansas, with probablyhis most notable public case while representing Paula Jones in her lawsuitagainst President Bill Clinton.
Like so many of us lifehas thrown Kitterman a curve ball, and now his family and friends are lookingfor that one person who might be able to save his life.
It was less than fourmonths ago when the doctors told Kitterman the heartbreaking news.
"Greg was diagnosedon January 15 this year with AML, acute myeloid leukemia," his wife SusieKitterman said. "He has been in the hospital for quite a bit of thattime."
Susie tells us althoughhis leukemia is currently in remission, the form is so aggressive that he'llonly have about six months to live without some sort of surgery.
"He learned that hewill have to have a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. He is nowwaiting to find a match so that he can have that transplant"
Greg's two siblings are aperfect bone marrow match for one another, but unfortunately not for him. Arkansansnow have the chance to not only provide a possible match for Kitterman, butalso other people in the same situation.
The Janet Jones Agency ishosting a "Be The Match For Greg," day at War Memorial Stadium Friday and Saturday.
"We want to find amatch for Greg Kitterman that is our goal, and we also would love to helppeople across the country," said Melanie Orintas with The Janet Jones Agency.
The bone marrow match daywill be at gate 7 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock from 10 am to 4 pm. It'sa simple and quick procedure, where they'll swab your cheeks then send yourtest results to a lab.
"It's a very smallpercentage, that's why it's so important that these drives exist all over thecountry because it adds so many donors into the national donor registry,"Orintas added. "We may not find a match for Greg here, but maybe a person inanother part of the country would match."
Only two percent of thepopulation is registered in the national database.
To find out more about Greg Kitterman, orhow you can help visit his page here: www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/BeTheMatch4Greg