METHUEN — Tina Habeeb said she was blown away by the kindness of people during a “swab” donation.
“I don’t know the exact number of people that came, but I would say it was over a 100,” she said. “It was unbelievable.”
Latitude Sports Club in Methuen hosted a swab donation event for Habeeb’s daughter, Cathy Habeeb-Sheehan, to find her a bone marrow donor match. Habeeb-Sheehan is 44 years old and a mother of three who is currently battling cancer.
Nine months ago, Habeeb-Sheehan was diagnosed with leukemia and been looking for a donor ever since.
People lined up at the sports club to have a swab of the mouth taken to see if they could be a match.
“We are so thankful for everyone who came out,” Habeeb said. “People are so generous and unbelievably kind.”
Results will come back in two months on if anyone tested is a match for her daughter.
Habeeb said they had to turn people away towards the end of the event due to time constraints.
They are having another swab donation event Feb. 1 at at Minuteman Park in Andover from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“That way, more people can be tested,” Habeeb said.
Habeeb said she is optimistic that they will find a donor for her daughter.
“Hopefully, we find someone soon,” she said.
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