South Bend event helps raise awareness about bone marrow matches

South Bend, Ind. Melanie Scott’s life was changed overnight when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

And now, Scott and others are getting the message out.

R&B artist Micki Miller partnered with Scott through her music and released her first EP “Love Letters” to spread awareness.

Dozens of people gathered Sunday evening at “The Brick” off Northside Boulevard for the cause.

Representatives encouraged those in attendance to swab the inside of their cheeks to identify possible bone marrow matches for those in need.

"And once they come through the door, we ask them if they're in between the ages of 18 and 41,” explained event organizer Karrah Miller. “We say ‘are you willing to find out if you can swab to see if you're a match for somebody in case they can get a bone marrow transplant?’"

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