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Moss Point hosts marrow drive to honor Robin Roberts

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Moss Point rotary members held bone marrow drive in honor of Robin Roberts. Moss Point rotary members held bone marrow drive in honor of Robin Roberts.

The news of Robin's homecoming was especially exciting at a bone marrow drive held in South Mississippi. People said Robin's story inspired them to want to do more by helping others.

Casey Vaughan said watching Robin Roberts on Good Morning America celebrating her hospital release made him want to get out and make a difference in someone's life.

"I've been watching Robin Roberts," said Vaughan. "I have her book and following her through her journey and through her life challenges. She, this morning, motivated me to the point that I was determined to come today to do this because that is the least I can do for somebody like her."

Moss Point Rotary members decided to host a bone marrow drive in Roberts' honor after noticing there hadn't been any such events in their hometown.

"You never know in the future who might need a bone marrow transplant or who might have Leukemia and could use someone else's bone marrow," said Rotary President Linda Walsh. " So why not?"

Be The Match Registry officials said Roberts going public with her story has made an impact.

Mary Lesueur of Be The Match said, "At least over 35,000 people who have joined the registry as a result of her appeal which is huge. Normally at this time of the year it's kind of slow, but that number kind of doubles what we normally would be registering at this time of year."

People want Roberts to know they're praying for her full recovery.

Walsh said, "We just want you do get well, Robin. We just all love you and feel like you're one of ours here in Mississippi."

"She just gives you the strength to make it through every day life," said Vaughan. "She's a great motivational person. No matter what she's dealing with she's still motivating you."

Be The Match officials said on October 1 there was a rule change. Before anyone ages 18 to 60 could go to a donor drive and register. Now, only 18 to 44-year-olds can register at sites while people ages 45 to 60 need to do so online.

"The reason for that change has been because transplant doctors tell us that the younger donors by far yield a better outcome for the patient," said Lesueur. Of course, we are in the business of helping the patient. So we want to certain utilize the resources we have to give the better outcome for the patient."

Moss Point Rotary members said they want to tell Robin Roberts they love her and hope to see her back on Good Morning America.

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