Superior Court Judge Carl Fox, who was diagnosed with a specific type of blood cancer last April, continues to deliver justice from the bench as he fights for his life. 61 year old Fox has myelodysplastic syndrome which is a condition where stem cells in the bone marrow don’t mature or become healthy blood cells.
This kind of cancer requires a bone marrow transplant to survive but instead of taking it as a death sentence he turned his cancer battle into a public crusade for bone marrow donation. Judge Fox made a conscious decision to take a stand:
“If you don’t talk about it, what you’ll deal with is rumors. In my mind, there was no choice but to be public about it.”
Fox works his battle for his life around his battle in the court room by taking his chemotherapy treatments at UNC Hospital when he can and he even posts updates on his health on Facebook. The amount of people that his posts reach has been shocking to the Judge.
As a result his friends created the “Save the Fox” Facebook page to spread the word about a July 17-18 bone marrow registry drive. Marrow donor recruiter for Delete Blood Cancer, Bob Murray said that locating a donor for Fox, who is black, will be difficult due to the small number of African-Americans on the donor registry.
Fox is hoping that by him publicizing his struggle that it will motivate African-Americans to register to be a donor. “The more people who get on this registry the better. Even if they aren’t an exact match for me, they may be for someone else.”
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