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      Jefferson County deputies hold bone marrow drive to help one of their own

      The Jefferson County's Sheriff's Office is seeking help for one of its own. {}Sergeant Randy Nash is battling leukemia. {}It'll take a bone marrow transplant to save his life. Deputies and his daughter are hoping someone in the Magic City will match. A 20 year Air Force Veteran, and longtime Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy, Sgt. Randy Nash knows well what it takes to fight a battle. {}This time, the battle is his own. {}"Leukemia is such an aggressive disease, it's a blood cancer," Tancy Clark, Sgt. Nash's daughter said.Randy Nash, 58, beat cancer five years ago. This time last year, he lost his father to leukemia, his wife succumbed to breast cancer in January. And just a couple months ago, Nash was diagnosed with the same disease that took his father's life. {}"It's been difficult, coming so shortly after our mom passed from breast cancer just in January," Clark said. "Having so many close brushes with death between his dad and his wife, I think it was harder for him."His doctors say, a bone marrow transplant is needed to save his life, but finding a match isn't easy. {}Jefferson County deputies wanted to help."When we went to the ER in May when he first became sick, we weren't there ten minutes, and deputies started showing up and they sat there in the ER with us," Clark said.Thursday, they're holding a bone marrow drive - hoping to find his match."This is a guy that wears the uniform and the badge but doesn't wear it heavy, he wears it very tenderly and he looks to help," Sheriff Mike Hale, Jefferson County said. "Now is our chance to make a difference in Sgt. Randy Nash's life.""The idea to have the drive was born out of people on Facebook who know him, co-workers who said I'll do anything to help," Clark said.His daughter, Tancy, says Nash doesn't just love his job - he loves the people he serves. This time, those people are returning the favor. {}"They are keeping his spirits lifted, that's his family, we don't have a lot of family in Alabama, but they have truly been his family here," Clark said.The group hosting Thursday's event, 'Be the Match' is asking for people between ages 18 and 44 and in general good health. The organizer says patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity. {}Currently, {}only seven percent of the people on the registry are African American. The testing goes from 9 a-m - 2 p-m at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on Abraham Woods Boulevard. The test involves a quick mouth swap to see if you're a match. More information can be found below or by clicking here.
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