ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — Aloha and Beaverton High Schools are teaming up for the “Be A Match” event at their big game Friday in order to save the lives of people who are in need of bone marrow transplants, including one of their own.
“I’m only one of 32 patients in the entire U.S In this trial, that’s how rare it is,” Barb Yarnell, the wife of Aloha High School Principle Ken Yarnell, tells KOIN.
Barb Yarnell found out in July that she has atypical CML, a chronic leukemia that can only be cured through a bone marrow transplant.
“It’s hard, there are emotional ups and downs,” Ken Yarnell tells KOIN.
Since Barb’s diagnosis, everyone at Aloha and Beaverton High Schools have rallied behind them.
“I feel like I’ve always wanted to help people,” Kendall Walters, a Beaverton High School senior tells KOIN.
“Just hearing about this of course. I want to sign up for this and be one of the first and just do all that I can,” Aloha High School senior Zach Miller says.
The schools are united to raise awareness about being a bone marrow donor. The principles who lead the school are uniting fronts as well.
“There are valuable life lessons to learn and one of them is that you are a part of a community, and when someone is in need in the community you step forward and you meet that need,” Anne Erwin, the principle of Beaverton High School says.
“We’re inviting community members to come out and it’s a simple cheek swab, watch a great game and do this with us. Be the match!,” Ken Yarnell says.