Lenoir City's mayor's wife finds bone marrow match

Lenoir City's mayor's wife finds bone marrow match

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A drive was held in September to find a match for Aikens. A drive was held in September to find a match for Aikens.

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - Lenoir City Mayor Tony R. Aikens announced Monday that First Lady Brenda Aikens has found a bone marrow transplant match.

Aikens was diagnosed several months ago with MDS Syndrome, the same disease Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts suffers from.

Aikens has been on the transplant waiting list for a donor since then.

In September, the Lenoir City community came together for a bone marrow drive to find a match.

"Mayor Aikens would like to express his appreciation to the community for their many prayers and well wishes for his wife and family," a news release stated.

"While there is much more testing to be done, with God's help and community support, the family will remain strong through this challenging journey," the release continued.

Aikens should receive her much-needed transplant by the first of the year.

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