Rep. Calvin Hill seeks bone marrow donor
by Joshua Sharpe
September 18, 2013 12:43 AM | 2578 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — An online push has begun to help state Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Canton) find a bone marrow donor to aid in his fight against leukemia.

Political players around north Georgia have in recent days taken to social media to spread the word of Hill’s search for a donor by asking their followers to consider helping the representative by going to bethematch.org, a website which keeps a registry of potential bone marrow donors and sends out mouth-swab test kits for willing donors to use to see if they might be a match.

Hill said Monday that his doctors tell him his best shot at a cure to the disease, which he was diagnosed with this summer, is to receive a bone marrow transplant.

“Basically, right now I’m going through a series of chemo, trying to get my leukemia in remission,” Hill said. “When I reach a satisfactory level, then I will be able to have a bone marrow transplant. That is, quote — unquote — ‘the cure.’ If that takes, I can be pretty much cured.”

Cherokee County Republican Party Chair Rick Davies is among those who have been spreading the word of Hill’s search.

Davies said Monday when he heard Hill needed the transplant, it was an easy call to take the time to do what he could to help.

“Obviously, you want to help your representatives, especially when they’re going through some personal turmoil,” he said.

State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) has also taken to social media to get the word out, although he said he isn’t too worried for his friend.

“Calvin’s a fighter,” Caldwell said Monday. “I have no doubt he can get through this. Calvin’s just got the best heart to him.”

Davies agrees that Hill seems prepared for a fight, but a bone marrow donor could give him a big advantage.

“He’s got a belief in the Lord and he believes that prayer is powerful,” he said. “But obviously, having a bone marrow donor, or as close as possible to a bone marrow donor, will get him that much closer to getting this completely gone out of his body.”

Hill said so far the fight hasn’t been easy, and his experience has been like that of many others with similar ailments.

“I have had good days and bad days,” he said. “Last week was bad days. They hospitalized me Tuesday morning, and I didn’t get out until Friday night. It was obviously a bad week.”

But with the help of his wife, Cheryl, Hill said it has been an easier path to walk.

“She’s a phenomenal caregiver,” he said. “She’s done a wonderful job of taking care of me and making sure that everything gets done.”

Hill is undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments and making trips to the doctor at least twice a week.

He said as a result of the treatments, he has to make time for “a tremendous amount of rest to recover.”

But just as Davies and Caldwell suggest, Hill said he is “absolutely” resolved to fight.

“It is a battle that can be won,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it’s always won, but it can be. I’m going to fight it all the way.”

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