Blood Drive Held For A Pike County Man

A Pike County native is fighting cancer again and is running out of time. The family of Keith Cochran held a blood and bone marrow drive Saturday to hopefully save his life.

Loved ones of Keith Cochran have organized a blood and bone marrow drive sponsored by the Williamson ARH to hopefully find a match for a bone marrow transplant.

"He's been in my life since he was 17, my daughter was 16 when they began dating in high school here at Belfry High School," said Donna Williamson, Keith's mother-in-law.

31 year old Keith Cochran was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma not long after his 2 year old daughter was born. After chemo therapy, he went into remission but yet again after his 7 month old daughter was born, Keith's cancer came back.

"He's doing o.k., he's on the down side of his last chemo treatment so probably within the next couple of weeks his blood counts will pick back up," Donna said.

Now Keith's life depends on a bone marrow transplant, but his doctors in Nashville, Tennessee tell the family they cannot know his chances of survival until after he receives a transplant.

"I want to do the bone marrow and the blood donor, I think its very important we all try to help," Jeanette Belcher, Keith's cousin.

The Eastern Kentucky Blood Center simply swabs a persons mouth to see if they are a match for a bone marrow donation.

"Had he not been sick and this necessary for him, I don't know if I ever would have come out, now I know more about it and how simple it is to be tested," said Chris Salyers, Keith's cousin.

Keith's family is also holding bone marrow drives in Nashville, so hopefully one person will match and save the life of this father and husband.

More than 100 people came out to donate blood or be tested for a bone marrow match. Keith Cochran's relatives say it will be about a month before they will know if anyone from Saturday's drive is a match.


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