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Published on Feb 28, 2013
Devon was in middle school when she was diagnosed with leukemia. By the time she became a sophomore in high school she needed a marrow transplant. As an African American she faced an uphill battle due to the scarcity of minority donors that volunteer to join the national marrow registry. Fortunately, she was able to find a cord blood donation that was her match. Cord blood is an alternative to a marrow transplant. Today, Devon is cancer free. "I definitely would like to thank the mother and child that donated cord blood," said Vickers.