76er Lou Williams hosts a bone marrow drive
PHILADELPHIA - April 8, 2011 (WPVI) -- A popular member of the Philadelphia 76ers has more on his mind than just basketball these days.
Lou Williams is trying to raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow transplants, and the thousands of people across the country who are desperately waiting for one.
Williams has a personal connection to the life-saving surgery.
Lou Williams received some news recently, much more precious than the 76ers making the post season.
His 10-year-old cousin Miles, diagnosed with leukemia back in November, received a bone marrow transplant early Wednesday morning.
"It puts everything in perspective, you know?" said Lou Williams. "It's a blessing for him to find a match, and it's also a great thing for him to try and get healthy again."
In order for the transplant to occur, Miles had radiation treatments on his whole body, and he also had to endure chemotherapy.
But in his conversations with big cousin Lou, clearly he never lost his positive outlook on life.
"The first thing he wanted to know was, how big LeBron James was," said Lou, "that was it."
"He even asked the doctor, 'have you done this before? Are you good with this?'" said his mom Janice Faulkner. His mother laughed along with Lou.
But what is no laughing matter is the need for others in the same position to have the same fortune.
That's why on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, Lou Williams will hold a bone marrow drive at Temple University from 12:00pm to 4:30pm.
"There are so many people who have this disease, leukemia, so we're going to continue to keep on with our efforts, and hopefully we will be able to help more people," said Williams.
Williams hopes that for everyone who gets tested, a match would be found, and another life can be saved, which is more important than any game of basketball.
For Lou Williams and his family, cousin Miles is living proof.Website: http://www.dkmsamericas.org/
Register as a Bone Marrow Donor
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
12 noon- 4:30 pm
The Learning Center at Temple University Health System Corporate
2450 West Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129
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