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SEEKERS OF THE LOST: LOST, NOW FOUND, FATHER MAY HOLD KEY TO DAUGHTER'S LIFE

 VANCOUVER, Wash., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Seekers of the Lost today released the following:
 A man who was missing 30 years may be the key to saving his daughter's life.
 According to Steve Shultz, director of the Seekers of the Lost, Carlton McCall fathered Sharon Britton but left her and her mother when Sharon was six months old. Repeated attempts to locate him failed.
 But in April, Sharon was diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. The doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant. Sharon's mother and sisters did not match her blood type.
 In desperation, Sharon turned to Seekers of the Lost, a computer search firm specializing in locating missing family members. The firm has a computer listing of 200 million Americans. Her father's current address appeared within minutes.
 A question remained: Would he respond to the needs of a daughter he abandoned as a child?
 When he was told how sick she was, and how much she needed him, he said quietly, "I'll do whatever I can to help."
 He was good to his work. Living outside of Houston, he had to sell his truck to pay for the airplane ticket. He flew overnight to Seattle Tuesday, July 6. His bone marrow is currently being evaluated by St. Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
 Now the wait begins: They will know if he is a suitable donor within two weeks.
 Sharon, who was in the hospital from the time she fell ill until yesterday, when she was stabilized, is overjoyed but cautious. She is grateful to her father but points out that there is a desperate need for donors "who can literally give the gift of life to others."
 She is also grateful to Shultz, the man who owns Seekers of the Lost.
 "I tried over and over again to find my father. This is a miracle," she said.
 Shultz estimates that his Vancouver firm has helped several thousand families reunite.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Shultz of Seekers of the Lost, 206-254-2731, or Jason Reynolds of the Creative Factory, 503-225-0686, for Seekers of the Lost/


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