Gina, Kory, Kenzie, Kylie, Colter and Zach make up the Murphy clan. And then, of course, there’s Buster.
Keeping up with everyone takes a lot of energy so when Gina started slowing down, you know this family was genuinely concerned.
“I worked full-time, you know, running the kids here and there and I just did not feel well. I felt very run down.”
Blood tests revealed what Gina referred to as “odd-shaped” blood cells and the likely culprit was cancer.
Chemo was the first step followed by a lengthy hospital stay.
Gina, like so many others, need a life-saving bone marrow transplant.
“Seems to be like, ‘Oh God…that'd be a heck of a procedure’ but in most cases it’s just basically draw your blood,” Kory told me.
Kory would gladly make a marrow donation for his wife but it doesn’t work that way.
“Having the ability to save a life, I mean, that’s an incredible blessing that you could give to someone,” Gina said.
Her plea is to find people from all ethnicities and races willing to sign up through Be the Match.
Her Hispanic heritage has made it more difficult for her to find a match but she still has hope.
“It’s made our family a lot stronger our friendships our support group has been fantastic,” Gina said.
I just spoke with Gina a few days ago and she informed me that she’s been approved for a match via cord blood. She’s receiving treatment in Houston in hopes of getting the transplant in late October.
You can follow her progress on her blog.