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Retired Albany firefighter searching for match in battle against cancer

Jill Konopka
Updated: August 15, 2020 06:27 PM
Created: August 15, 2020 05:01 PM

ALBANY -- There's a new push online to get a beloved Albany fireman the help he needs after retiring ten months ago.

The "FF Axe Cancer Campaign" was launched to help retired Albany Fire Lt. Mike Lee.

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"A friend and a mentor to many firefighters," said Lt. Dan Green, Albany Fire Department. "Mike Lee served the city of Albany for 27 years, contributed so much to his community, and you know the least we could do as a union right now in his time of need."

Now, Lee's battle is personal. He's fighting a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Fellow firefighters are hoping someone might be the match for a transfusion Lee needs to celebrate his golden years.

Registering online takes only minutes. You'll then receive a donor kit consisting of a cheek swab.

"Which is painless and safe," said Green. "Once you complete the cheek swab sent back to be the match for processing where they can find out If that donor is a match for mike Lee or anyone on the registry that might need a blood transfusion."

Anyone looking to register can click here.


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