Fort Worth police host bone marrow drive

Z Bone Marrow Drive in honor of Halle Bernard is being held Saturday in Fort Worth at the Park Plaza Building located at I-30 and Forest Park. The event runs from from 10am to 2pm. Log onto www.DeleteBloodCancer.org for more details.

FORT WORTH -- Member's of Fort Worth's Police Officer's Association spent Saturday searching for something money can't buy, all to save the young lives of two members of its community.

Between the face paint, music and dancing, Hallie Barnard could barely slow down Saturday. She was surrounded by friends at the lot outside the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, part of a crowd there to help her.

Hallie's name may sound familiar. News 8 has shared her story as she copes with her diagnosis of a type of blood cancer, one that will require her to eventually get a bone marrow transplant to survive.

Recently, Hallie was at a Fort Worth restaurant with her family when she saw some police officers.

"My mom always taught me to go up to a police man and say 'thank you for your service,'" she said.

She did, and the officers remembered her story.

"They were like 'Were you on TV?' And I was like, 'Yes!' And that's really how it got all started," Hallie said.

Needless to say, in those brief moments, Hallie made a major impression on the officers.

"Once she left with her mom, we met the officers on our team and we decided we needed to get as many resources as possible...City of Fort Worth, POA, the great people at this property, to make sure we did something special for her," said Officer Kent Bickley with Fort Worth police.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Fort Worth POA hosted a bone marrow drive, asking the public to come out and be swabbed, to see if they were a possible match for Hallie or any of the 14,000 people each year who need marrow donors who are outside of their family.

That includes a friend of Hallie's, Cline McMurray. Also from Fort Worth, Cline too is looking for a bone marrow match. The pair were often seen running around together Saturday.

The goal is to keep them healthy, happy and running around just like they were that afternoon. Their families say every swab gets them closer to that goal.

If you missed Saturday's event but are interested in being swabbed and joining the Bone Marrow Donor Registry, you can do it from home! Go here for more information.


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