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june 12, 2012 • 05:45 PM

Robin Roberts Saved By Sister In Bone Marrow Battle!

Robin Roberts and Sally Ann Roberts.
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Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, is speaking out about her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. Also known as preleukemia, MDS is a type of bone marrow disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Roberts, who will undergo chemotherapy before getting a bone marrow transplant, said she felt grateful to her sister, who just happens to be her donor.

"Bone marrow donors are scarce and particularly for African-American women...I am very fortunate to have a sister who is an excellent match, and this greatly improves my chances for a cure," Robin wrote on Monday.

According to CNN.com, more than 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with blood-related disorders yearly. Only 66% of African-Americans and other minorities, however, are able to find a match on the national registry, versus 93% for Caucasians, reports the site.

Just five years ago, the GMA host beat breast cancer. What do you think about Ms. Roberts' diagnosis? Send her your well wishes, below...

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