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Aug 24, 2010 2:46 PM by Carina Corral

KSBY Blood Drive: Arroyo Grande man living proof, bone marrow donors save lives


The KSBY Your Family Blood Drive is going on tomorrow and for the first time you can also register to be a bone marrow donor.

It is a rare chance to get on the list locally because there are no bone marrow donation sites on the Central Coast.

An Arroyo Grande couple knows all too well how this list saves lives.

Two weeks after his daughter's wedding in May of 2009, Paul Schmidt would be diagnosed with cancer.

" I went to the doctor and they told me I had leukemia and, to be honest with you, we were really very ignorant what it really meant," said Paul.

He quickly became an expert, learning that his only chance at living would be to find a bone marrow match.

He waited it out, while getting rounds of chemotherapy, at a hospital in Los Angeles.

" We know of people at the City of Hope that have passed away because there were not donors available," said Paul, who would be one of the fortunate ones.

His match was found three months later.

" Just to think someone is walking around right now who saved by husband's life. There's no other way around it. He would've been gone months ago," said Marilyn Schmidt.

Paul and Marilyn now encourage anyone and everyone to get on the bone marrow registry.

It is as easy as a mouth swab and you are in the international database.

" We just need to get the word out and KSBY you're doing it and we're blessed for it," said Marilyn.

Stop by the KSBY Your Family Blood Drive, Wednesday, August 25 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. either at the KSBY Studio in San Luis Obispo or the YMCA in Santa Maria and help us save lives.

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