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Claremore veteran fighting for others in the fight of his life

CLAREMORE, Oklahoma. – Commander Murry Estabrook began teaching JROTC at Claremore High School in 2003.

In 2004, Estabrook organized the school’s first blood drive in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Estabrook knows firsthand the importance of donating blood.

“I was lucky to have this sweet little girl here because of the blood donors,” Estabrook said.

This little girl is her 3 year old granddaughter, Cali. She almost died shortly after birth.

“Her blood system totally crashed and she had to have emergency surgery,” Estabrook said.

Her granddaughter needed two units of blood to survive. In January, Estabrook received life-changing news.

“They told me I had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and it was also in my lymph nodes,” he said.

Estabrook said he was going to beat cancer. In the meantime, he will continue to be a voice for those in need of blood donation.

“Anyone who is battling a disease will need blood,” he said. “Please come out and give [blood]. “

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