Bone Marrow Drive Held in Holland to Support Local Nurse

A courtesy photo of Shannon Schamback and her family.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – People across West Michigan came together Saturday to honor a young mother, and learned more about bone marrow transplants.

Delete Blood Cancer organized the event for Shannon Schamback, who is battling leukemia.

Schamback, a family nurse practitioner, already has a donor — her brother.

Undated Courtesy Photo
Undated Courtesy Photo

Doctors say Schamback only has 10 percent of leukemia cells left in her bone marrow. They are hoping next week she will be in full remission.

Her brother, Mark Dykema, says the outpouring of support is humbling.

“It’s just great to see the whole community come in — customers of our, but also family, friends, community, church members — it’s just a whole outpouring of love and it’s been awesome,” said Dykema.

Reports show 70 percent of people suffering from blood-related illnesses rely on donors outside of their family.

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