Love County family asks community for blood donations to help woman battling cancer

FORT SMITH – A Love County family is reaching out to the community to ask for blood donations for a family member diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer.

Pam Blackburn said it was a shock to the family when her sister, Evelyn Cohoon, was diagnosed earlier this year. “She’s always been a real strong person and for this to hit her and hit her so quickly and so hard, it’s just been really hard for us to come to terms with it,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn’s daughter, Kara Burden, said her aunt had always been very healthy and the onset of the disease was very sudden. Cohoon just recently retired from the Marietta Fire Department after serving alongside her husband, Mike, for a combined 58 years.

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