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Reds employee finds bone marrow match

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A Cincinnati Reds employee who has been battling a rare blood disease had a successful bone marrow transplant.

Chris Herrell tweeted on Tuesday that the transplant was complete and was 4 hours and 15 minutes long.

"4/23/2013 = My New Birthday," Herrell tweeted. "Thanks Mr. German donor."

Herrell, 39, was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in November of last year. Herrell has worked in the Reds' ticket sales office for 15 years. Herrell was in search for a bone marrow match for months before doctors found the best match, a donor from Germany.

"It's not unusual, especially in Cincinnati with a large German population," said Dr. Jim Essell at Jewish Hospital.

"He is having a rough day today, but even though this is a really hard day and a hard day to see him go through this," said Laurie Herrell, Chris' wife. "We are day plus one and I would never go back."

Over the last several months, the Cincinnati Reds and other local organizations held bone marrow drives in hopes to find a match.

Chris' wife says support from the community has been overwhelming and that support was shown during the Reds-Cubs game Tuesday night when the words "Happy Transplant Day Chris" showed up on the Jumbotron.

"Chris wasn't feeling very well at that point, to see that I was bombarded with pictures from everyone, it was pretty emotional," said Laurie Herrell.

Chris' fight for full health is far from over, but his life has been saved. Now he hopes others can experience that same feeling.

"Just please, please don't think because Chris has had his transplant, don't let this go out of your minds," said Herrell. "Please sign up for "Be the Match." 

To find out more information and register for "Be the Match" go to www.bethematch.org.

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