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Old 03-21-2005, 01:53 PM   #1
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Navajo teen needs bone marrow transplant
By Jim Snyder, The Daily Times
Mar 21, 2005, 12:23 am



FARMINGTON — The family of a Navajo teenager diagnosed with leukemia and in need of a bone-marrow transplant are hoping to find a donor match.
David Lister, 16, of Prescott, Ariz., is at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona.
His mother, Sandra Shorty Lister, is originally from Shiprock.
“He’s pretty weak. His eyes are hurting,” his father Ernie Lister said Friday from David’s hospital room. “He’s a pretty sick boy.”
David Lister, who was diagnosed in August 2004, has been undergoing intense chemotherapy sessions.
He was doing well but relapsed March 3, said his aunt, Laura Johnson of Farmington.
“For a 16-year-old to hear all of that, it’s overwhelming,” said Johnson, a nurse at the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. “We have to give him pep talks quite a bit. He’s in good spirits. He’s hopeful.”
The family is encouraging all races — especially Native Americans — to be tested as donors.
“When you sign up to be a bone-marrow donor all it is, is a pinprick,” said Ernie Lister.
Potential donors then become part of a worldwide bone marrow donor list comprised of more than 5 million people.
“There are only 60,000 Native Americans listed,” Ernie Lister noted.
The family has set up area bone-marrow drives:
• April 1, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Shiprock at The Door Christian Church.
• April 2, 9 a.m. to 3 pm at Farmington’s United Blood Services on 20th Street.
• April 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chinle, Ariz., at The Door Christian Church, next to the A & W restaurant.
• April 9 in Gallup, with the time and location pending.
There will also be other drives on the Navajo reservation.
David’s brother’s and sister’s bone marrow matched each other, but did not match his, Ernie Lister said.
The family has set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank to help with expenses. The David Lister donation account number is 2121013268.

Jim Snyder: [email protected]










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i would love to help. but i am in casa grande and i am not that familiar with the area. what would be the closest area to donate?
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I am already registered into the National Bone Marrow Registry. I hope he recovers and returns to his family. This is truly a sad story.

My nephew is at Phoenix Children's hospital too. I wish I could see him daily, but I can't. It's about a 4 hour drive to Phoenix from our reservation. My nephew, Calum Nelson was diagnosed with a disease so rare, only 2,000 people in the world have it. It's called MicroInclusion Disease. He just turned 1 last month and 90 percent of the time he's spent in a hospital bed at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Calum survives on IV. He is fed through IV and will never eat regular food. His life span is 8-10 years.

I'm crying as I write this letter, because each child is so precious. I have a daughter, she's 4. The Great Creator blessed me with a beautiful, healthy girl. I sometimes feel so bad that my sister's son was born with this disease and has never returned back to the reservation. I walked into the Phoenix Children's Hospital and saw all those children sick, but they manage to put a small smilie on their faces. All they know is the tubes and needles day in and day out. It breaks my heart and makes me cry each time I see my sister cry, when other mothers get to hold their babies. She doesn't have much, so it's very hard for her to travel to Phoenix and as a young parents they struggle to spend as much time with their son.

So I urge anyone to donate however you can help out.
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