Community rallying behind Ithaca woman who needs transplant
Sarah Jones Williamson was getting ready to marry her now-husband, Ithaca Police Officer Jamie Williamson this past Summer -she had an upper respiratory infection just before.
After the wedding, she began to feel tired and weak she went to her doctor for a blood test.
"They thought it might have been a lab error because my levels were so low, and they took me in an ambulance to Upstate that night. I got four transfusions, and two bone marrow biopsies," said the 37 year-old mother of four.
"I have short telomeres, a telomere is at the end of your chromosome, it keeps it from unraveling, and as you age, they get shorter over time naturally, and some of mine are fizzled out," she continued.
Since the summer, she's had 13 blood transfusions, and learned that a bone marrow transplant could be a saving grace.
"We have four kids under the age of eight, and I need to be there to see them grow up and hold my grand-babies so, we'll do whatever it takes," said Williamson.
The Ithaca Police Department, along with her colleagues at South Hill Elementary School are hosting a bone marrow drive this Thursday.
Jamie says being a police officer-he often sees the worst in the community, but Sarah's fight changed things.
"You know when you see something like what Sarah's gone through, and her resilience, and the strength and courage that she's shown in her journey, it restores your faith in humanity, it restores your faith in your neighbors and in your friends," said Williamson.
"If you are planning to come out to the bone marrow drive, know that being a donor carries much fewer risks and save, can save a life, like mine!"
To learn how you can donate blood, click here.