VIDEO: Carlyle Robinson/Robin Roberts/MDS

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African Americans can have an especially hard time finding a bone marrow donor to treat cancer and blood diseases. (WLS)

Hearing the word cancer elicits fear is most anyone.. for Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, it's a diagnosis she heard not once.. but twice. First it was breast cancer... then, a blood disease known as M-D-S. That little-known disease is one that a Chicago man is battling as we speak.. Carlyle Robinson is preparing to undergo the only known cure for M-D-S... a bone marrow transplant. One of the main challenges for MDS patients is finding the perfect bone marrow 'match'. For African Americans, that is even more difficult, given the fact that African Americans make up only 7% of the registered donor pool.

For information on becoming a registered donor or to receive a home donation kit:
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