A potential bone marrow donor swaps his cheek at Leslie Harris donor drive in Monticello

The cheeks of 72 Monticello residents were swabbed Saturday and Sunday in the hope that a bone marrow match can be found for Leslie Harris, a 29-year-old Little Rock woman who was diagnosed with leukemia in September, just hours before her son was born.

Harris’ prognosis is rather grim if she doesn’t get a bone marrow transplant, according to Kristi Meeks, who organized a 2-day bone marrow donor drive at First United Methodist Church in Monticello.

The genetic samples from those 72 potential donors will be tested to see if they are a match for Harris or others like her who are in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

In addition to the 72 potential donors, the drive raised $1,000 for the Leslie Harris Leukemia Fund.