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Bone marrow drive is March 5

Dakota Hawkins, right, with his younger brother Riley
Dakota Hawkins, right, with his younger brother Riley

The Cabot Classroom Teachers Association and the Keep the Faith Foundation are sponsoring the Take 10 to Register in Honor of Dakota bone marrow drive on Tuesday, March 5, at the Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot.

The drive is in memory of Dakota Hawkins of Cabot, who was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia on Dec. 26, 2002, when he was 11 years old.

Dakota’s mother, Sharon Hawkins, said the seventh anniversary of Dakota’s death is March 2. The bone marrow drive is being held on the anniversary of his funeral.

“He would have been 22 years old just a few weeks back on Feb. 7,” Sharon Hawkins said.

During Dakota’s battle with AML, he didn’t desire sympathy but gave sympathy, his mother said.

“He fought hard at that second chance for life but someone had bigger plans for him,” Sharon said.

During the drive next week, potential donors will have the inside of their mouths swabbed to join the national registry through the Delete Blood Cancer blood marrow donor center.

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