Reader Letter: Thanks to everyone who's helped RN Tracie

In March, I was contacted by Dr. Andrew Brenner in Kingman to help a local nurse who has brain cancer. I was honored to get a call from him to help one of our local heros in a time of need, RN Tracie.

As some of you know, Tracie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and had a bi-lateral mastectomy. In January, Tracie was once again diagnosed with cancer, but this time it was brain cancer. Since March, we have raised $3,545. Tracie's oncologist, Dr. Ghani, has informed her that there are no signs of brain cancer at this time.

In April, I received a message from 11-year-old Lauren Terry, who has been battling cancer off and on for the past five or six years. Lauren's message was, I have cancer again. I need a bone marrow transplant. With assistance from Brian Mirchoff (Mad Dog Fitness), Lisa Maas (Laughlin Kiwanis), and Lance Ross (Valley View Medical Center), we organized a bone marrow drive.

In the past three years, the tri-state area has had approximately 100 volunteers tested for bone marrow. In just 24 hours on May 5, we had 143 volunteers come to "get swabbed" to see if they were a match. Lauren's mom Kristen has informed me that they have found four matches for Lauren.

Doctors are currently treating her for another illness that she has encountered and will transfer her to Oakland, Calif., for the bone marrow transplant once her current condition improves.

Special thanks go to Dr. Brenner, Fire Chief Rick Southey, Bullhead City Fire and Kingman Fire professional firefighter associations, The Pregnancy Center of Bullhead City, Mother Road Harley Davidson, Firehouse Coffee Roasters, Rotary of Bullhead City, Mohave Daily News, Bullhead City Bee, Kingman Daily Miner, Cameron Broadcasting, Murphy Broadcasting, Relay for life, Lance Ross, Lisa Maas, Brian Mirchoff, DJ Neon Leon (AMR), Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall, Oatman Hotel, Hoochs Topock, Pirate Cove Resort, Lazy Harry's Saloon, Maddogs Bar and Grill, Captain Steve Campbell and family, DKMS volunteers, Jewels by Jewles and R&R Jumps.

Mike Villagran

Bullhead City Fire Department