Hampton Cove Middle School Bone Marrow Drive

Students at Hampton Cove Middle School are working hard to help a fellow classmate find a donor for a rare disease.

Madeline Finnegan is an eighth grader at the school who has a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia.

Last year, while Madeline was studying heredity and genetic disorders in her science class; she was in the process of being tested for a bone marrow disease.

She traveled to St. Jude's Hospital in Minnesota to get the condition diagnosed because it is so rare.

When she returned to class, Madeline would share with them information she learned about the disease.

Because of Madeline's openness, her science teacher, Chanda Davis, was able to teach her class about genetics in ways she had not thought possible.

The class came up with the idea of sponsoring a bone marrow drive.

Finnegan Friday will be held at the school Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LifeSouth will be on hand to perform bone marrow matches.

Students will also be selling t-shirts and wrist bands.