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Altoona Teacher with Leukemia finds bone marrow match

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Altoona (WQOW)- 
A happy update to pass along. The Altoona teacher who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia has found a bone marrow match. 

As we previously reported, Shannon Camlek was diagnosed in late March, and her students have been showing their support by wearing orange, and wearing wristbands that say "High Kicks for Camlek."

The school district also organized a "B positive for Shannon" blood and be a match drive," and her brother ended up being her match. 

For more on Shannon's progress click here. 


Posted May 2018

Altoona (WQOW) - Last month, we told you about sixth grade Altoona teacher Shannon Camlek, who was diagnosed with AML leukemia in late March.

Her students showed their support by wearing orange and selling wristbands that said "HIGH KICKS FOR CAMLEK." Well, that school isn't slowing down. On Friday, the district organized a B POSITIVE for SHANNON Blood and Be a Match drive.

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"We're looking to do bone marrow swabs, because that's obviously a high need, especially for those patients who are fighting leukemia," said Dan Peggs, Altoona Middle School principal, "Along with just general blood donations which are always in need for the Red Cross, and all in honor of Shannon, one of our most vibrant sixth grade teachers and teachers that we have here at the middle school in Altoona."

Platelets, or cells responsible for clotting, are also in high demand, but this isn't the last of the events for Camlek. Eau Claire school districts have joined in with Altoona and Eau Claire Express. On June 8, the districts will host a staff kickball tournament to raise even more money for Camlek.

"It's simply amazing," said Emma Camlek, Shannon's daughter. "There's no other word to describe it. The people within the Chippewa Valley, within so many communities, it's incredible just all the love and support and everything that people have been doing."

Peggs saw Camlek just days ago and said her positive attitude and loving spirit appear to be keeping her well. For more information on how to help, see here.

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