Girl with rare Leukemia looks for bone marrow hope in Fort Lee & Union City


Life couldn’t be more precious for Briana Lopez of Fort Lee— since the teen was diagnosed in January 2016 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Now she’s in battle with it again.

After spending eight months in the hospital last year, enduring intensive chemotherapies and a bone marrow transplant, Lopez was declared cancer-free and returned to school.

But everything changed in November, when she developed bumps on the back of her head and forehead.

According to her doctors, those bumps were chloroma tumors, only occurring in about one percent of AML patients.

That meant radiation and more chemotherapy.

Yanine Lopez Contreras says she’s inspired by her daughter and calls Briana’s strength “remarkable.”

Only six to 10 percent of the national bone marrow registry are Hispanic donors, 
so matching is a challenge, but the family is not giving up hope.

The teen is in desperate need and they pray Sunday will be Briana’s day.

They are raising awareness about childhood cancer and the importance of registering as a bone marrow donor.

With only one cheek swab, you can save a life.

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Please visit her Facebook page, where you can learn more about Briana and help us spread the word.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis


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