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Bossier teen with cancer finds bone marrow donor


A Bossier City teen battling cancer has found out that a bone marrow match has been found, coincidentally very close to home.

Jamaya Johnson, 14, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma back in 2010 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. Her cancer went into remission twice, but in October the cancer came back.

"Help my baby, I want her to live," says Jamaya's mom Michelle Johnson back in October.

Doctors told Johnson that her daughter's cancer would no longer be treatable with radiation and chemotherapy, but a bone marrow transplant would be needed to continue her fight.

"Throwing up vomiting…it don't feel good being sick," says Jamaya.

Doctors told the family no one in the family would be Jamaya's donor match. Johnson hosted bone marrow drives throughout the Bossier/Shreveport community to find a donor for her daughter, but to no avail.

Then, after searching throughout the ArkLaTex, a donor was found. To the surprise of doctors, Jamaya's half sister, who is away at college, was a match.

"I instantly started crying because I said it was God," says Johnson after finding out her daughter could save Jamaya's life.

Even with a successful bone marrow transplant, there is only a 50% chance that her body will be able to make a full recovery.

"If we have a match, that's better than nothing," says Johnson.

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