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Robin Roberts announces GMA leave, will undergo bone marrow transplant

Monday, August 27, 2012
GMA host Robin Roberts (left) is seen in this undated file photo with her sister (right).

'GMA' host Robin Roberts (left) is seen in this undated file photo with her sister (right). (KABC Photo / Good Morning America)

"Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts announced Monday she will be taking a leave of absence after Friday's show for a bone marrow transplant.

After undergoing 10 days of tests, Roberts will receive the transplant from her sister. Doctors say her sister is a perfect match for the transplant.

Roberts has MDS, a rare blood and bone marrow disease once known as preleukemia. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

Roberts said she is luckier than many workers who become ill, and noted her bosses have been generous in giving her time off. They've also assured her that her job will be waiting for her when she's well enough to return. She described herself as "very blessed."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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