Mo. family turns to Kan. fair in cancer fight

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — SALINA — A Missouri couple is turning to a Kansas fair’s talent contest in search of someone who might have what it takes to help save their four sons’ lives.

The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/1bcbt42 ) reports Tim and Maggie Murry are looking for bone marrow matches to help their sons fight a rare form of blood cancer called Diamond-Blackfan anemia. On Saturday, the St. Louis family will be asking people at the Salina’s Got Talent contest at the Tri-Rivers Fair to have their mouths swabbed for testing, a process that takes less than 10 minutes.

Tim Murry says swabs take three months to test and place on the National Bone Marrow Registry.

The Murrys have registered 19,000 people in 110 drives during the past two years.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, http://www.salina.com

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