Blood Drive To Be Held For Pike County Man With Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

He's fighting cancer for the second time and is just 31 years old. Keith Cochran spent most of his life in Pike County and now, he's asking Pike County to help save his life.

31 year old Keith Cochran has a wife and two young daughters, and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Doctors believe it might take him away from his family.

"It is the indolent form and they have given him a 30 percent chance of survival," said relative Tiffany Salyer.

The Belfry native was first diagnosed not long after his two year old daughter was born. After chemo treatments, doctors said the cancer was in remission. Then in one week, he got both good news and bad news.

"Right about the same time they found out his wife was pregnant again is when it started coming back," said Cochran's cousin, Chris Salyer.

His family says his condition is worsening and chemo doesn't help this time. He needs a bone marrow transplant, but no one in his family is a match so they are looking for someone who might be before it's too late.

"Without this bone marrow transplant, he won't survive," Chris said.

This family has suffered tragedy before.

"His dad, Gary Cochran, was tragically killed in a mining accident in 2000," Chris said.

So they hope someone can help them keep this family member alive.

"His doctors are saying it's a race against time, if we can find a match, then we'll try," Tiffany said.

There's a bone marrow drive this Saturday to find a match and to save this father's life. It will be held at Belfry High School from noon until 6:00 p.m. For more information on how you can help, you can call the Central Kentucky Blood Center at 606-432-4979.


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