Tim Murry is on a mission – and he may be looking for you at the Tri-Rivers Fair.
The father of four sons who have a rare blood cancer is asking people to stop by the Salina’s Got Talent Contest on Saturday to have their mouths swabbed and be added to a nation wide Bone Marrow Registry.
Murry tells KSAL News the process takes less than 10-minutes, “Usually to be a hero, somebody has to run into a burning building – or put themselves into some real danger to save a person’s life,” he said.
“I simply cannot think of a simpler way to save another person’s life.”
All four of his sons were born with a rare form of blood cancer called Diamond-Blackfan anemia (DBA).
DBA occurs when the bone marrow fails to make adequate numbers of red blood cells. Researchers are currently studying the genes involved in the disease to see why it occurs.
Murry, who calls St.Louis home, grew up in Manhattan and will be hosting the event in a tent at Tri-Rivers Stadium. “We’ll be right outside the gates and we’ll be hard to miss.”
In hopes of finding that perfect match the family has registered 19,000 people in over 100 bone marrow drives in the past two years.
The talent contest at the Tri Rives Fair is Saturday from 3:00 until 5:00.