A bone marrow registry drive, in honor of a local doctor, surpassed it's goal within 45 minutes Friday morning.
125 people signed up for the National Bone Marrow Registry at the the "Swab for Doc" event Friday.
Doctor Hulon crayton is a well known local Rheumatologist who is battling two forms of leukemia, one is acute.
A bone marrow transplant is the best chance he has to live, but currently there is no match for him.
that's why Friday's drive was so important.
The turnout was a big encouragement to Doc.
Also good news: donating marrow is easier than ever.
Dr. Crayton said, "It's nice to know that you are that thought of and people appreciate you they love you and they are giving back to you. Of all the hundreds of thousands of people that I have treated, and taken care of, it's like their love and compassion is coming back to me.
Jennifer Salah with "Be The Match" said, "It's a lot simpler than it used to be years ago, nowadays we can do marrow donation through a process called Perefrial Blood Stem Cell Donation, that is as easy as using an IV to draw blood out of your arms, filtering out the stem cells we need and returning back to your other arms. Nine times out of ten that is the way we are going to do it."
Dr. Crayton and his wife have spent the last couple of months at the University of Birmingham where he's being treated.
He is also receiving some treatment at the cancer center in Panama City.