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Bone marrow match day upcoming for Little Rock attorney

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Each year about 130,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a serious blood disease, and a high number of them will need a bone marrow transplant.

Little Rock attorney Greg Kitterman is well known for his legal work around central Arkansas, with probably his most notable public case while representing Paula Jones in her lawsuit against President Bill Clinton.

Like so many of us life has thrown Kitterman a curve ball, and now his family and friends are looking for that one person who might be able to save his life.

It was less than four months ago when the doctors told Kitterman the heartbreaking news.

"Greg was diagnosed on January 15 this year with AML, acute myeloid leukemia," his wife Susie Kitterman said. "He has been in the hospital for quite a bit of that time."

Susie tells us although his leukemia is currently in remission, the form is so aggressive that he'll only have about six months to live without some sort of surgery.

"He learned that he will have to have a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. He is now waiting to find a match so that he can have that transplant"

Greg's two siblings are a perfect bone marrow match for one another, but unfortunately not for him. Arkansans now have the chance to not only provide a possible match for Kitterman, but also other people in the same situation.

The Janet Jones Agency is hosting a "Be The Match For Greg," day at War Memorial Stadium Friday and Saturday.

"We want to find a match for Greg Kitterman that is our goal, and we also would love to help people across the country," said Melanie Orintas with The Janet Jones Agency.

The bone marrow match day will be at gate 7 at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock from 10 am to 4 pm. It's a simple and quick procedure, where they'll swab your cheeks then send your test results to a lab.

"It's a very small percentage, that's why it's so important that these drives exist all over the country because it adds so many donors into the national donor registry," Orintas added. "We may not find a match for Greg here, but maybe a person in another part of the country would match."

Only two percent of the population is registered in the national database.

To find out more about Greg Kitterman, or how you can help visit his page here: www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/BeTheMatch4Greg