In Conway, Sophomore Martwain Bellamy-Gregg has been battling leukemia since he was diagnosed in November and Thursday members of his school and community held a fundraiser in his honor.
A Concert, a chicken dinner and a silent auction were some of the events coordinators had planned. There was also a "Be The Match" donor drive set up . Currently, Bellamy-Gregg is at MUSC waiting on a bone marrow transplant but his parents wanted to use this as a chance to both help their son and enlighten the community.
"Only nine percent of African Americans are on the registry and that's a low number and we decided we need to let the community know that we need more donors in our community", said Bellamy-Gregg's mother, Tameka Gregg-Johnson.
"The steps in the process of becoming a bone marrow donor are simple", said Bellamy-Gregg's father, Jomar Bellamy. "You just get swabbed in your mouth, you send it off and maybe they call you maybe they don't."