Drive to help Big Isle boy
fight leukemia

Star-Bulletin staff

A bone marrow drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the First Insurance Co. of Hawaii, 1100 Ward Ave., to try to help 15-year-old Justin Komo recover from leukemia.

Komo, who lives on the Big Island, learned two years ago while attending his intermediate school graduation banquet that he had leukemia, according to First Insurance.

His cancer went into remission after receiving chemotherapy, and he was allowed to return to school. He also resumed competitive bowling but began having severe headaches during state bowling competition.

His cancer returned, and a mass was discovered in his brain. He had surgery and is receiving radiation treatment because he was not responding well to chemotherapy.

Potential bone marrow donors will be asked to fill out a registration form and a take a finger-stick blood test.

Parking in the insurance company building will be validated. Check in at the security desk on the first floor. The bone marrow drive is on the fifth floor.

E-mail to City Desk


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