In a new interview with Bravewords, Behemoth’s bassist Orion once again discussed Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski’s health. As you may or may not know, Nergal revealed on August 25 — my birthday — that he has leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
“Adam’s still in hospitals,” Orion explains. “He’s going through another chemotherapy session, and these sessions are gonna take the next few months, probably until the end of this year. Then a possible bone marrow transplant would happen.”
Fucking hell. What an ordeal. Nergal — we wish you a speedy recovery buddy. Orion continued: “We don’t really know about that yet, but for now we’re looking for a bone marrow donor to see if we can really find a match. There’s a lot of fans and people all over the world supporting us and registering at bone marrow banks though, so that’s really helpful. He’s doing fine as far as this whole situation goes. He’s reacted to the disease great; he’s just behaving like a soldier during wartime or something, plus he’s rescheduling everything we had planned for the next year. We all have our fingers crossed, and we all believe it’s all gonna be good.”
Yes, Nergal’s battle with leukemia has raised awareness to the need for bone marrow donations within the metal community. And Orion urges everyone to do their part. “A lot of people think that registering at a bone-marrow bank or being a donor of bone-marrow involves some kind of surgery and going through hell in a hospital, but it’s nothing like that. Registering at a bank takes just a few minutes to fill in some papers, and then you give a sample of your saliva so that its DNA can be tested. That’s pretty much it, and a chance to be a match for somebody who’s unrelated is less than one in forty thousand, so it’s a long way for anybody to find his match. Getting as many people as we can get to register increases his chances of finding one.”
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