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Life-saving Blood Stem Cell Donors Needed for Fearing Family

Support the rally for restaurant owner Lynae Fearing and chef Dean Fearing’s 22-year-old son, Campbell Fearing, who is battling an aggressive form of leukemia (since Thanksgiving) and needs a life-saving blood stem cell donor as he undergoes chemotherapy at Presbyterian Dallas. 

This Sunday, Jan. 22, from  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Lovers Seafood will host DKMS which collects and maintains a global bone marrow donor registry. The Fearing family hopes to find a match for Campbell as he goes through his second round of chemotherapy. Campbell works at Lovers Seafood, which his mother co-owns and operates, as a server part-time while attending Dallas Baptist University. 

Participants between the ages of 18 and 55 who are in good health and interested in becoming a donor can have a simple cheek swab taken to see if they are a match. It’s a simple and quick procedure.

Campbell’s parents, Lynae and Dean Fearing, are asking people in Dallas to get tested to see if they’re a match to help their son Campbell Fearing get a blood stem cell transplant, courtesy of the Fearing family. This could be crucial for Campbell Fearing, who currently lives in a hospital undergoing his second round of chemotherapy. Without a blood stem cell transplant, also known as a bone marrow transplant, his survival rate is not as high. About 15,000 people in the US are looking for a donor – this fundraiser is looking for a partner for every patient, not just Campbell. Sign up or learn more about the process at dkms.org/campbellfearing.

About 70% of people with blood-related diseases need a donor outside of their family, says the non-profit bone marrow donor center DKMS. All of the Fearings family members have been tested, but none are 100% consistent. Eventually, if a donor is found at this event, the donor would receive injections to overproduce blood stem cells. An operation on the donor is not to be expected, since the blood stem cells can be obtained by taking a blood sample lasting several hours.

During one of Campbell’s shifts at Lovers Seafood the week before Thanksgiving, Lynae noticed her son’s gums were unusually swollen. A dentist suggested he get blood work done — “thank God,” Lynae says. Campbell was in the hospital the Saturday after Thanksgiving and has been fighting acute myeloid leukemia ever since.

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