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WSP supports fellow trooper battling cancer with a blood and bone marrow registration drive

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Washington State Patrol trooper is battling cancer and her friends, family, and community are showing their support.

Lt. Kris Schweigert with Washington State Patrol is getting ready to donate blood at the INBC blood drive and the Be the Match registration drive at their headquarters. He says it’s something they’ve done in the past in support of WSP Trooper Renee Padgett, who’s stationed on the west side of the state.

“She was an academy classmate of mine and for the past six years she's been battling cancer,” Schweigert says.

She’s been battling multiple myeloma, a form of cancer of plasma cells, which are a type of white blood cells in the bone marrow.

“We've been very supportive of her fight and she's an amazing individual I can't say enough about her,” he says. “Just a very vibrant personality.”

Trooper Padgett is a mother of two. She’s fought through chemo, radiation, and got a stem cell transplant. She continues to serve though as she can.

“Whenever the condition allowed her, she's been contributing and doing a lot of work for us with administrative duties,” Lt. Schweigert says.

And events like this help raise about how each donation and each registration can save lives.

“Everyone in the community benefits from these programs and anything we can do to support these people fighting these battles, we're happy to,” Schweigert says.

Padgett’s goal is to have 1,000 people sign up on the marrow registry under her name, in hopes of getting more help for others who are battling this form of cancer.

If you missed this drive, you can always donate blood and platelets at INBC. Find out more: https://inbcsaves.org/

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