Troy, Mo. - You can pick your friends, but you cannot pick your family. For Silex resident Kayla Coleman, whose sister Emma Joliffe saved Coleman’s life in March, there are no complaints towards that fact of nature. Yes, Jolliffe donated bone marrow to save Coleman’s life, but her efforts have not stopped there. This past Tuesday, Jolliffe organized a blood drive to spread awareness about the national blood shortage and to gather blood for patients in situations similar to her sister’s.
“I was two when I was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, which is a bone marrow disorder,” Shared Coleman. Due to her disease, Coleman has required blood transfusions for much of her life. After undergoing a pregnancy in 2019-2020, Coleman’s body was no longer able to stave off the disease; she needed a bone marrow transplant.