Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 27, 2013

Teacher gives gift of stem cells

GLASGOW —

After more than 15 years, Alisa Maysey had forgotten she ever joined the Be The Match Registry for bone marrow donation. A phone call out of the blue led her on a path to hopefully saving a stranger’s life.

Maysey, a Glasgow High School English teacher, signed up for the bone marrow registry back in 1996, when a young boy named Forrest Nichols had a relapse of his leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant in order to survive.

“Half our county showed up to help this little boy,” Maysey said.

Maysey, along with dozens of others, signed up for the Be the Match Registry in the hope of being the person who could save Forrest Nichols’ life. When she was not found to be that match, Maysey said she forgot about the registry.

“I wanted to be the donor for little Forrest,” Maysey said. “When I wasn’t, I didn’t think anything else about it.”

In November 2012, 17 and a half years after she joined the bone marrow registry for Forrest, Maysey got a phone call from Sharon Coke, a National Marrow Donor Program donor facilitator at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville.

“I was blown away when she called,” Maysey said.

For the rest of the story, read Wednesday's print or e-editions.

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