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Little Girl Battling Leukemia Motivates “Delete Blood Cancer Drive”

"We’re asking for as many people from the public to show up and become a donor,” said Widmeyer. “It takes just a few minutes to do a mouth swab, and fill out a form.”

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va - You may remember the story about Olivia Alexander, the little girl battling leukemia.

Her story went viral after 50 West Virginia State Police took her to lunch at her favorite restaurant, Chick-fil-A.

Since she turned 4-years-old, Olivia still loves Chick-fil-A and still wants to be a police officer. There's really only one difference; her leukemia is in maintenance mode.

"The latest on Olivia is her numbers are up," said Captain Eric Widmeyer, Troop 2 Commander for WVSP, and the man responsible for garnering law enforcement support for Olivia.

While that’s good news, she still has a tough road ahead, full of chemotherapy and spinal taps.

"It almost feels like you're walking death row with her, when you go to get a spinal," said Olivia’s mother, Jacklyn Alexander.

After Olivia’s story went viral, her followers, who call themselves "Team Olivia”, decided to do something.

"I just decided I’m here for a reason. I need to do this,” said Alexander. “That's how I found Delete Blood Cancer."

Delete Blood Cancer is an organization that registers people to become bone marrow donors, a common need for those with blood cancers.

"We’re asking for as many people from the public to show up and become a donor,” said Widmeyer. “It takes just a few minutes to do a mouth swab, and fill out a form.”

"You just grab a pen, fill out the sheet, and take it from there. They basically walk you right through it,” said Patrolman Matthew Schul, who registered to be a donor when Olivia visited WVSP Troop Two recently and invited them to her event.

"You're entered into a registry, and if somebody develops cancer later that you can help, you'll be contacted to help that person,” finished Widmeyer.

While Olivia doesn't need a donor now, that could change at any moment.

"Usually they'll go to a sibling first and check, but Olivia doesn't have any siblings,” said Alexander, who mentioned that parents are usually a poor match.

“There’s this boy in Colorado, and he’s 17. He desperately needs a donor, and they can’t find him one,” she said, struggling to say the words. “That’s what inspired me to do this drive. I was worried, what would happen if Olivia would ever need a donor? Maybe we can swab someone to help make that happen," she said.

Not only will you be able to register as a donor, but law enforcement across the four state area and local vendors will also be there to show support.

"Olivia, like all children, loves police officers and first responders. So I’m asking that as many police officers, fire trucks, paramedics, anything that can show up to her event on Saturday would be much appreciated by Olivia and her family,” Widmeyer said.

If you want to participate in Team Olivia’s Delete Blood Drive event, please contact organizers through their official Facebook page.

For more information about the event, visit the official event invite on Facebook.

 

When: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Orchard View Intermediate School

1455 Delmar Orchard Road

Martinsburg, W.Va 25403

*Helicopter expected between 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

At the time of this article, the following participants are attending:

Law Enforcement Agencies:

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department

Harpers Ferry Police Department

HealthNet 8 Helicopter

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department

Martinsburg Fire & Rescue Department

Martinsburg Police Department

West Virginia State Police

 

Vendors and Raffle Items Donors:

9West Hair Salon

Beach Bum Tanning

Chick-fil-A

Eagle Auto

Five Below

Food Lion Grocery Store

Gold’s Gym

Jamberry

Katara’s Deli

Martin’s Grocery Store

Mary Kay

Office Max

Origami Owl Jewelry

Pampered Chef

Premier Jewelry

Pups ‘N Cuts Groomers

Reddy Ice

Rita’s Ice

Sweet Frog

Touchstone Realty

Tupperware

Ulta

Weiss Market

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