Some years ago here in the valley, Roanoke chiropractor David Kilmer had a job collecting and preparing transplant organs as part of a Virginia organ-donation network.
Now Kilmer, who’s 60 and lives with his wife and daughter in Botetourt County, is the one who needs the transplant.
Next week, after four years of battling blood cancers that have left him transfusion dependent and with no other options, he’ll travel to Arizona for a bone-marrow transplant.
That treatment will take most of six months and more than $500,000 — much of which won’t be covered by insurance. So, many people here in this region are rallying around Kilmer and his family with prayers of support and donations of money.
“You learn all kinds of things in struggles like this that you wouldn’t otherwise learn,” Kilmer told me in a conversation this week. “One of them is, people are really amazing. They come out of the woodwork to help you.”
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