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Sheriff’s office asks for help for sergeant battling leukemia

By the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Randy Nash is no stranger to adversity.

Having served 20 years in the United States Air Force and nearly 20 years as a deputy sheriff with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, he has made service his life’s work.

As a five-year survivor of Stage 4 nasopharyngeal carcinoma who recently lost his wife and father to cancer, he knows intimately the devastation that the disease can wreak on families and the miraculous way that friends and community can rally together to support a loved one in need.

Randy Nash
photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Since May, Nash has been in the fight of his life. Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, he and his doctors are confident that the cure lies in a successful bone marrow transplant.

Tancy Clark, Nash’s daughter, has asked if the sheriff’s office can help by holding a marrow donor registry drive in the hope that a donor match might be found. A cheek swab is all it takes.

To join the registry you must meet the following criteria:

1. Be between the ages of 18 and 44

2. Be in general good health

3. Be willing to donate to any patient you may match in the future

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Donor Registry Drive will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Training Room at Sheriff’s Headquarters in Birmingham.

Also, most likely Randy’s match will be an African-American but anyone can join in his honor.

For more information, visit http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/teamrandy.

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