Community holds bone marrow drive for Taylor teacher

A community is coming together to help a Taylor woman battling cancer.

It may be spring break  but you'd never know it looking at the Taylor Trillium Academy gym Friday.

More than 100 people turned out to support the charter school's superintendent Angela Romanowski - and quite possible save her life.

"She is warm, caring, kind," said Brianne Swift, a sixth-grade Trillium teacher. "She sees the best in everybody."

Just last month Romanowski, 37,  was diagnosed with leukemia. She almost immediately started an aggressive form of chemotherapy.

It has been hard on her body, but her spirits are high.

"I told her she is my daily inspiration because she is so strong in the face of this battle," said Amanda Homolek, an 11th grade Trillium teacher. "I don't know if i would be as strong as her in the same situation."

FOX 2 is told if chemotherapy doesn't work, a bone marrow transplant may be Angela's next, best bet.

Friday's "Be the Match Drive" helped get people signed up on the Be the Match registry. A simple swab test took minutes.

"To see all the people who are here for her it is heartwarming, inspirational," Swift said. "It makes us so happy that there are so many people who love her." 

Angela remains in the hospital so she couldn't be at Friday's gathering. But friends and family texted her tons of pictures.

Strangers, staff and students are among those who showed up.

"She is a really amazing person," said Dempsii Rosales, a seventh grader. "Alot of schools say they care about their students, but she really does."

"It hurts because it is someone who has been instrumental in so many lives," said parent Dennis Rosales. "It's horrible when someone that is that influential, gets affected. It hits you pretty hard."

This drive is just the beginning. 

Even if its not needed for Angela, someone else could be saved because of her and everyone at the drive.

"Its devastating to know what she's going through but I know she is strong and I know she will come out of this on top," said Homolek, who is also her niece.

If you couldn't get out to Friday's drive you can register online at http://bethematch.org/

FOX 2 is told family and friends are planning several fundraisers to offset her medical expenses, providing another way you can help out.

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