Pflugerville Officer's daughter finds bone marrow match that could save her life
Kurk and Kimberly Anderson were devastated when their 9-year-old daughter, Camryn, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. It causes the body to stop producing new blood cells.
Doctors told them that Camryn's condition was rare, and she had one year to live unless she found a match for a bone marrow transplant.
Four months later, the Andersons say Camryn has a match, and her bone marrow transplant is scheduled for January 1, 2019.
"We ended up with one guy that just happened to be available," says Kurk.
Kurk Anderson, a Sergeant with the Pflugerville Police Department, says he's been overwhelmed with community support, from the moment Camryn was diagnosed, until now.
"I know that if I need something I can rally this community and we can get anything done," says Sgt. Anderson.
Thursday night, several Chilis locations donated 15 percent of all proceeds towards the Anderson family's medical bills.
The Police Department also gave out mouth swabs and information on joining the bone marrow registry.
Sgt. Anderson says his goal is to make sure as many people as possible sign up to be a bone marrow donor, in order to give someone the same chance Camryn now has.
"This bone marrow transplant for her is essentially new life -- she's going get to be a kid again," says Sgt. Anderson.
If you would like to find out more about joining the bone marrow registry, go to BeTheMatch.org.