A proud Manlius police sergeant has lived quietly with cancer for years. Now, he’s asking for help in a battle he can’t win on his own.
This Friday, fellow officers will be lining up for their brother in blue and the community is invited to join them to better the odds of Sgt. Ken Hatter’s survival.
His slow growing follicular non-Hodgkins lymphoma has turned more aggressive–the tumor in his stomach has doubled in size, requiring a more aggressive treatment.
“At this particular point, my only and last option is to do an Allotransplant, and if gone untreated, I was told from a matter of weeks, to a month or two, I could not look like anything I look like today. It’s aggressive and it would just eat away– they don’t know if they could get me back to treat it again,” Hatter said.
His best option now, is a bone marrow transplant, and needs to find a match.
Hatter is hoping by sharing his story, it will not only better his odds, but increase the bone marrow donor program.
Doctors are now combing through the national registry. The more people on that registry, the better the chances of finding a better match for Ken, and many others in need.
If you want to find out if you are a match for Hatter, head to the Fayetteville Town Center Community Room this Friday at noon.
It’s as easy as a swab in the mouth– no needles, no hassle.
The non-profit advocacy group, DKMS, will be recruiting and registering donors.
Ideally, they are looking for donors between 18 and 30 years old, no older than 55.