Can You Help a Windsor Fireman in Need of a Bone Marrow Donor?
A bone marrow donor drive will be held in Augusta on Tuesday to help a Windsor firefighter who's battling cancer.
Adam Zibura, age 32, is a full-time dispatcher at the Regional Communications Center in Augusta and a part-time firefighter in Windsor. He just got married over the summer. Everything was going great until he started feeling tired shortly after returning from his honeymoon. At first, doctors thought it was his asthma, but a blood test revealed something much more serious. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, which is a form of cancer that affects the white blood cells.
The best treatment option is a bone marrow transplant. But complicating the situation even more is a genetic condition that means Zibura needs a 100% match in order for the transplant to be successful. Now, the hunt is on for one person whose bone marrow can help the man whose spent his life in service to others.
On Tuesday, a bone marrow donor drive will be held at the Red Barn, 256 State Street in Augusta. Finding out if you're a match is as easy as a cheek swab. People can drop by between 3 and 7pm, to find out more about what's involved and whether they're a match. Folks who can't make it on Tuesday can still find out if they're a match for Adam, or anyone else in need, on the Be the Match website.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help offset the cost of Adam's medical expenses. As of Monday, they had raised nearly $8,500 of their $10,000 goal.