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September 30, 2010 By:
A 19-Year-Long Battle With Cancer Ends
The Jewish community came out in full force to help Sandee Kline find a matching bone-marrow donor.
In April, more than 300 people were tested during a bone-marrow drive at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, where Kline's husband, Mitch, heads the physical-education department. At least half-a-dozen synagogues informed their members about the effort, and some people received the kits by mail. A total of 845 people were added to the Gift of Life registry, but a full match was never found.
On Sept. 27, the 57-year-old Horsham resident died at Abington Memorial Hospital, fully 19 years after being diagnosed with nonlymphocytic leukemia.
"It's not a happy ending, but there is a silver lining," said Scott Crespy, Kline's brother.
According to him, one of the 845 people turned out to be a match for a 62-year-old man, who did wind up receiving a bone-marrow transplant.
"It doesn't help a grieving family, but somebody lived from the efforts," added Crespy, who works at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life.
Kline, a mother of three and grandmother of two, was hospitalized for the better part of this year.