Ohio State baseball players enter bone-marrow registry for teammate

Ohio State baseball players are stepping up to help a teammate who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

The Buckeyes will undergo bone-marrow testing in the event that Zach Farmer, a freshman pitcher, needs a transplant as he undergoes treatment. Senior Tim Wetzel led the movement to assist Farmer, who began chemotherapy recently and will be eligible for a transplant if he goes into remission.

“As soon as we learned Zach’s diagnosis, I told Coach about this,” Wetzel told the Columbus Dispatch. “I’ve been on the national registry for a year-and-a-half. One of my classmates at Ohio State had a friend’s mom who needed a transplant. I wasn’t a match for her, but I was a match for someone else a year later. I did all the testing. I was told the man didn’t need the transplant. Hopefully, he was in remission.”

Farmer is undergoing treatment at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State. “He is in good spirits in the company of family, friends and teammates,” Coach Greg Beals said.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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