Bobbi Talmadge, an energetic livestock development specialist for the North Dakota Agriculture Department, got some good news last week. Talmadge, a mother of three, has been battling leukemia.
"She was notified last week that a bone marrow donor had been found for her and that is was a ‘beautiful match,’" says a Talmadge friend. "Shes tentatively scheduled for the transplant on March 22 in Rochester. That was great news right before her benefit both the chili feed and concert went well, with approximately $5,000 raised." A benefit account has also been set up for Bobbi under B – Talmadge Ben. Ac. at US Bank (north office), 3318 N. 14th Street, Bismarck, ND58103
I don’t know Talmadge personally, but from what I’ve heard about her commitment to livestock development in North Dakota, and her energy, I like what I’ve heard. My family has had its own battles with cancer, so I my prayers are with this woman.
Bobbi waited for a time for a bone marrow transplant. She is using her illness to encourage people to become marrow donors to help others. Here’s what the Ag Departement web site says to do:
- Log on to www.marrow.org and click on How to Join.
- Youll be asked some basic medical questions to ensure that youre eligible to become a donor.
- If you register online, the National Bone Marrow Donor Program will send you a kit to collect a swab of cheek cells for tissue typing.
- You will be asked to use a credit card to pay $52 to cover tissue-typing costs. Your tissue type is used to match you to patients. Your tissue type is identified by testing a sample of your blood or cheek cells. This payment is tax deductible.