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Dozens line up to undergo bone marrow testing for coach

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Kenwood High School assistant football coach Mike Wright watched as dozens of people lined up to see if they might be a match for a bone marrow transplant.

Wright was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia over the summer following a knee injury.  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

"This summer, when we were at practice, I had a little bit of a knee injury, it bothered me some, so I went to my doctor," Wright recalled.

Wright told News 2 his doctors are encouraged by his reaction to the chemo, but he needs a bone marrow transplant.

"They said, ‘We'll get you in remission and we'll keep you in remission and we'll find one [a donor match] eventually,'" he said.

After learning none of his family members were a match, Kenwood High School hosted a bone marrow drive to help with Wright's search.

"It's a little bit overwhelming. The response I've gotten and the people that have reached out to me and contacted me and touched base and offered to help and do things, it's really blown my mind," he said.

Coach Wright said he remains encouraged by what his doctors have told him about his prognosis and that he is working most days at the high school and was able to go to Henry County with the team last week for a playoff game.

He and his wife Jamie and their three children have lived in the Clarksville community for the past four years.

For more information on how to become a bone marrow donor, visit BeTheMatch.org.

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