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Annie McNamara Evans, who raised awareness about bone marrow transplants, dies at 29

After being diagnosed at 25, McNamara Evans spent the next 3 ½ years raising funds for research and increasing awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor.

Annie McNamara Evans at her September 2018 wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Annie McNamara Evans at her September 2018 wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine. –Family handout

Not long before Annie McNamara married Dan Evans 13 months ago, she learned that experimental treatments hadn’t halted the acute myeloid leukemia that threatened to shorten her life.

Characteristically, she spared nearly everyone the burden of bad news. She would need a second bone marrow transplant, but didn’t want that to overshadow her wedding. So in a packed church, at a ceremony brimming with happiness, “only a dozen of us knew what was going on,’’ recalled her uncle Bill Burke.

“In their vows, when Dan said ‘in sickness and in health,’ we started crying,’’ he added. “Here’s a guy saying this to someone he knew was going back in for another transplant.’’

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