Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Saturday, 23 August 2014
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports
3 Time Pancake Day Race Winner and Former Record Holder Passes Away
05/18/2009

A stem-cell transplant that had seemed to be successful has failed for former Liberal and Emporia resident Lisa Spillman Mesa.

According to a report in the Emporia Gazzette, Mesa died Saturday at her home in Broken Arrow, Okla., of complications from graft vs. host disease caused when her body reacted to the donated stem cells. The procedure was the only hope for the 32-year-old, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia less than two months after giving birth to her second son, Logan, in August 2008.

Doctors performed the stem-cell transplant on Feb. 12 at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, after a donor was found through an international bone-marrow donor registry.

The hunt for a compatible donor narrowed down possibilities to only four people on the international registry; only one of them was able to come to the United States to donate the needed cells.

Mesa’s plight prompted her former employer, Greg Bachman of Emporia Physical Therapy and Emporia Fitness, to hold a campaign to register Emporia-area residents for the National Marrow Donor Program in March. The drive was not to find a donor for Lisa Mesa, but to encourage people to register as potential donors for others trapped in similar situations.

“We’re not doing this for Lisa,” Bachman said at the time. “We’re doing it in honor of her.”

Mesa worked for Bachman both in Emporia and at the company’s location in Liberal.

Always athletic and fit, Mesa became Liberal’s representative for three years in the annual Pancake Day Race, which pitted Liberal residents against Olney, England residents to see which city’s representative was fastest in racing a defined distance and flipping a pancake two times during the race.

Mesa won the race three times and, until this year, held the record.

© Copyright KSCB News
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
LPD Seeks Suspect
57 Wild Horses Die After Transfer To Scott City
Early Riser Kiwanis To Offer Colorado Peaches and Pears
Liberal Police Arrest Burglary Suspects
Registered Sex Offender in Hamilton County Pleads Guilty
480 Board Approves Process of Appeal for Fired Teachers
Don Scott To Retire, Successor Sought By Republican Party
New Coach Leads Skilled Hooker Bulldogs  
USD 480 To Release Early August 29th
Cline Teaches LHS Moms Football 101
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Silva Unstoppable as Seward Wins Two in Lamar
SWH Coach Appreciates Attitude of Mustangs  
Veteran Seward Opens Season in Lamar
Liberal Police Arrest Burglary Suspects
Guymon Home Lost To Fire
Guymon Re-Groups Entering 2014 Season  
EDGAR CRUZ, SET TO PERFORM LIVE AT DINNER ON THE LAKE IN GUYMON SEPTEMBER 13TH
Redskins Announce Scimmage Schedule
KDOT Secretary King Announces Highway Projects
Seward Changes Booster Club Meeting Schedule
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Emergency Alert Hanbook

©2014 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group