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Posted: Friday, March 4, 2005 9:53 am | Updated: 8:59 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A man whose life depended on finding a bone marrow donor of Greek ancestry has died despite finding a match for a transplant.

Tony Arendt, 25, an East Valley native who lived in Flagstaff, died Feb. 25 after spending about nine months in the hospital for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare and aggressive leukemia. After chemotherapy, Arendt went into remission for 19 days, but he relapsed, which required a bone marrow transplant.

When no matching donors were found among family and the national bone marrow registry, the Arendt family reached out to the Greek community at a donor drive Dec. 5 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Phoenix. Nearly 80 people joined the drive, and a match was found. But Arendt’s health did not improve enough for him to undergo a transplant, said Kristine Burnett, a spokeswoman for Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, where Arendt stayed.

Arendt’s funeral was Thursday. His family has asked that donations be made to the National Marrow Donor Program.

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