A Rankin County mother is in a desperate search for a bone marrow donor. A transplant is the only cure for her rare and life-threatening blood disorder.”What I started noticing was I was getting bruises. Just random bruises,” Chevonne Pampley said.The bruises were the first sign. Low platelets on a pap smear were the second. But it would take doctors months to diagnose her condition as aplastic anemia, a rare disorder that causes the body to stop producing new blood cells.”I’ve had five blood transfusions and four platelet transfusions. It makes me weak and tired,” Pampley said. “Right now, I am on several medications to find a bone marrow match.”A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for aplastic anemia. Her best hope for a match was one of her siblings, but they aren’t compatible, so she’s joined BeTheMatch.org, hoping someone somewhere can help.”I am waiting to find a match around the world who may be able to help save me,” Pampley said.Pampley said her life has changed since her diagnosis.”I’ve had to let my job go. No longer able to work. COVID really affected me. I can’t get a common cold because my body would not be able to fight it,” she said.Pampley said she’s gone from being a busy wife and working mom of two, to homebound, tired and always worried that a cut or a cold could land her in the hospital.”When my kids get in, straight to the shower. Straight to the tub. You have to wash the day away from you,” Pampley said. “Rankin County lifted the mask mandate. You still have to wear a mask, you cannot bring anything extra home to mama.”Pampley needs to find a donor soon.”Really soon,” she said. “We were hoping to have a match by now, but that’s not how it’s working out.”Pampley said doctors told her that her best chance of finding a match is in someone of her own ethnic background. Right now, there are few black bone marrow donors on the registry than any other ethnic group.”Even if you aren’t helping me directly, there’s another family somewhere around the world helping somebody else,” Pampley said. “What I’m going through, the waiting game, right now.”If you want to sign up for the registry to try to be a match for her and thousands of others who face life-threatening diseases, go to BeTheMatch.org, or text CHEVY to 61474.Full disclosure, I met Chevonne 14 years ago. She was the smiling face checking me in at my doctor’s office. Then she was gone – forced by this disease to stay home.

A Rankin County mother is in a desperate search for a bone marrow donor. A transplant is the only cure for her rare and life-threatening blood disorder.

“What I started noticing was I was getting bruises. Just random bruises,” Chevonne Pampley said.

The bruises were the first sign. Low platelets on a pap smear were the second. But it would take doctors months to diagnose her condition as aplastic anemia, a rare disorder that causes the body to stop producing new blood cells.

“I’ve had five blood transfusions and four platelet transfusions. It makes me weak and tired,” Pampley said. “Right now, I am on several medications to find a bone marrow match.”

A bone marrow transplant is the only cure for aplastic anemia. Her best hope for a match was one of her siblings, but they aren’t compatible, so she’s joined BeTheMatch.org, hoping someone somewhere can help.

“I am waiting to find a match around the world who may be able to help save me,” Pampley said.

Pampley said her life has changed since her diagnosis.

“I’ve had to let my job go. No longer able to work. COVID really affected me. I can’t get a common cold because my body would not be able to fight it,” she said.

Pampley said she’s gone from being a busy wife and working mom of two, to homebound, tired and always worried that a cut or a cold could land her in the hospital.

“When my kids get in, straight to the shower. Straight to the tub. You have to wash the day away from you,” Pampley said. “Rankin County lifted the mask mandate. You still have to wear a mask, you cannot bring anything extra home to mama.”

Pampley needs to find a donor soon.

“Really soon,” she said. “We were hoping to have a match by now, but that’s not how it’s working out.”

Pampley said doctors told her that her best chance of finding a match is in someone of her own ethnic background. Right now, there are few black bone marrow donors on the registry than any other ethnic group.

“Even if you aren’t helping me directly, there’s another family somewhere around the world helping somebody else,” Pampley said. “What I’m going through, the waiting game, right now.”

If you want to sign up for the registry to try to be a match for her and thousands of others who face life-threatening diseases, go to BeTheMatch.org, or text CHEVY to 61474.


Full disclosure, I met Chevonne 14 years ago. She was the smiling face checking me in at my doctor’s office. Then she was gone – forced by this disease to stay home.

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