Kentucky cancer patient seeks stem cell match in vital search.

Montgomery County, KY – Montana Nickell’s battle with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has taken an unexpected turn, leading her to seek a stem cell transplant. Nickell, who was first diagnosed in the fall of 2021, has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant using her own bone marrow. However, her most recent scan revealed that the cancer has returned. Determined to find a donor for her next stem cell transplant, Nickell has partnered with Be The Match to host a testing event in Mt. Sterling on December 8th.

The testing event, taking place at Josh Davis Real Estate, offers interested individuals the opportunity to find out if they are a genetic match to Nickell through a simple cheek swab. Nickell’s husband, Chase, has been her unwavering support throughout her battle with cancer. Now, she hopes to find another perfect match that could potentially save her life. Expressing gratitude for the support she has received, Nickell emphasizes the significance of events like this in spreading awareness and finding life-saving donors.

Once a match is found and the individual agrees to be a stem cell donor, the procedure is similar to giving blood. Stem cells are separated from the donor’s blood and then transferred to Nickell. For those unable to attend the event but interested in being tested as a match, there is an option to sign up online or by texting “swab4montana” to 61474. Even if individuals are not a match for Nickell, they still have the opportunity to potentially save someone else’s life through a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.

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