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Bone marrow screening sees large turnout

Mary Hinds • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:24 AM

A bone marrow screening Saturday at the Journey Church in Lebanon featured a large turnout.

Now it's just a matter of waiting to see if anyone screened is a match for Sadie Davis.

"It went great," said Laurie DiCicco. "So many people showed up to be tested they ran out of testing kits. It was pretty amazing."

She said Sadie has a drainage tube to remove fluid from her brain, and she was scheduled for radiation treatments Monday.

DiCicco is part of the Davis' church family and is spreading the word about Sadie's condition and participating in church vigils organized for people to pray for her recovery.  

Last month, the Davis family received news their 17-month-old daughter was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. AML is a cancer that starts inside bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells.

Sadie is currently at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, where her parents, Amber and Tim Davis are taking turns staying with her so she is never alone in the hospital.

Tim said Sadie's illness "came out of the blue," and has left the family harried as they try to make sure she gets the best care possible while her old brother Eli, 3, has as normal a life as possible.

A crowd came to the Journey Church on Saturday to have their cheeks swabbed and to join the "Be The Match Registry" to see if a bone marrow match could be found for Sadie. The results of the tests will be available in about three weeks. In the meantime, many are praying for a match and a miracle.

"Forty of us went to the hospital to pray for her," DiCicco said, adding her parents are hanging in there and hanging onto hope. "They are just praying for wisdom."

Anyone who would like to be tested can visit bethematch.org or call 423-752-5951 to have a testing kit mailed or to find out more details about the procedures.

"We're hoping and praying for them," DiCicco said. "They're taking everything day to day right now."  

Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 45 or maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com.

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