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Tea hopes to raise cancer funds

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

Zachary Hanham looks like a normal, happy 4-year-old boy.

But Hanham has dealt with more in the past two years than most people have to deal with their entire lives.

In 1999, Hanham was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a form of leukemia that can be fatal.

Aggressive chemotherapy treatments have helped keep the disease at bay, but the chance that Zach will need a blood transfusion or a bone marrow transplant sometime in the future is likely.

“Although we’ve been unsuccessful in finding a bone marrow match, we are hoping to increase Zachary’s chances, and others in need, by holding blood and marrow drives,” said Jeanie McCarthy, Zachary’s grandmother.

But McCarthy says that funding problems at the Sacramento Blood Center have stopped the center from funding marrow drives.

“They are still putting on the blood drives, but it’s more expensive to do marrow drives.”

The cost of bone marrow drives is around $90 per person, leaving a total cost of $4,500 for 50 donors.

To help with that cost the McCarthys are sponsoring a special “Mother’s Day Tea” which will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. The make-believe tea party will honor Zach and anyone else waiting for a bone marrow match.

“Zachary would like everyone to celebrate and commemorate those lives touched by cancer this Mother’s Day,” said McCarthy. “Our mission is to help save lives.”

The next blood drives in Truckee will be at the Veterans Building on July 24 and October 16.

Donations for the Marrow Drives can be made to the fund-raiser account in Zachary Hanham’s name at Bank of the West in Truckee.

For information about tickets call Jeanie McCarthy at (530) 587-4841.


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