In Your Corner: Cancer Patient's Message Lives On

By Ryan Elijah

February 10, 2012 Updated Feb 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM EDT

When we met Amanda Stambaugh in November, she was into her third year of battling a form of Leukemia. Her cancer of the white blood cells left her in need of bone marrow. Her hope was that doing an interview would raise public awareness of the donor registry, even if it wasn't her than benefited. Sadly, the 29-year-old mother lost her courageous battle early Monday at the Cleveland hospital where she was hoping to have her transplant.

The November morning we interviewed Amanda she was scheduled to start a grueling chemotherapy cycle, but still she found the strength to talk with us about the importance of the national marrow registry, since that interview the registry netted six initial matches for her and her mother told me two of those had already come forward.

While we were hoping for an update this spring saying a donor had been found, Amanda's mission to raise awareness about the donor registry lives on. The registry (Marrow.org) has over 8-million people and you can find all the information at marrow.org, Amanda told us in November how her family experienced first hand the importance of the registry.

"my family members have all said, 'if I can't be a donor for you, I'd like to be a donor for someone' because it really is live saving", Amanda said in November.

Amanda's family told us they're saddened to have lost such a high spirited, loving and compassionate person. They've set up an education fund for her two small children. Her courage and optimism in her final days is a great reminder to all of us.

Amanda Stambaugh Children Fund:
Wells Fargo Bank
10325 Chestnut Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

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