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Thursday, January 30 2014, 08:10 PM MST
Sister May Save the Life of Her Brother
(KUTV) – A big game this Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. And one so-called 12th Man will be cheering from his hospital room at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. Joey McClure is fighting Leukemia. He was diagnosed with cancer back in September. At the time, Joey and his family were living in Washington. Joey was attending graduate school when he found out he was ill. Doctors first gave him a 15-to-20 percent chance that he would live. “You just have to make a conscious choice and tell yourself that you can take this 2 ways,” said Joey. “You can get angry with yourself and get angry with God because this is happening to you, or you can learn from it.”

Joey underwent 2 rounds of chemotherapy while in Washington. Doctors told him the best chance at beating the cancer was to have a bone marrow transplant. Even though he was in remission, a genetic mutation in his genes increased the odds that the cancer would return. Finding a bone marrow donor can often times be a challenge. In Joey’s case, his younger sister Bethany was a perfect match. Joey and his family moved to Utah to have the transplant at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. On January 24, doctors removed healthy bone marrow from Bethany’s body to give to Joey. If the transplant works, doctors say it could cure Joey of the disease. “She is doing something for me that nobody could do,” said Joey. “It makes me look back and think, was I good brother to her when we were growing up.”

Joey has since received the bone marrow transplant. Only time will tell if he will be cured of the disease. In the meantime, Joey continues to get support from his family and from his favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks. The team has heard about his story. Some of the players sent him an autographed 12th Man flag and an autograph shirt. While it is unknown what his future holds, Joey remains optimistic and even told us that cancer has brought his family closer together. “It has been a road. A bumpy road but it has been good to us. It really has been good to us.”

Joey and his wife have 3 children. There is a fund set up to help Joey and his family cover expenses, like rent and utilities, while Joey remains in the hospital. If you want to help the family, visit: https://www.facebook.com/#!/DollarsForDaddy

(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group) Sister May Save the Life of Her Brother

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