October 22, 2009
Diana Brewer, a nurse and mother of two young children who lives in Longview, met little Hailey Franco, age 7, of Katy. Brewer said she was excited that Because I Care made it possible for her to meet the little girl for whom she donated marrow.
Because Hailey is a minor, Brewer’s contact with the family had mostly been with Hailey’s mother, Kelley Franco.
Brewer stated that her experiences as a health care professional and parent made her want to be part of the donor program. She joined the marrow donor registry at a Because I Care recruitment drive.
“I was surprised when I got the call because I’d registered back in 2000,” Brewer said. “However, I was happy to be able to help a child.” The transplant took place in early 2007, when Hailey was five years old.
Hailey, who has an autoimmune disease, said she was excited to meet Brewer.