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Brotherly love helping Udeze in fight against leukemia

Battling leukemia, Kenechi Udeze is getting a lot more than moral support from his older brother. The Vikings DE is about to receive his brother's bone marrow, which is vital to Udeze's recovery and potential return to football, writes Kevin Seifert.

Originally Published: June 30, 2008
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

The minutes felt like hours. The days crawled by like months. Thomas Barnes just wanted an answer. Was he a match? Or would a simple blood test add another layer of heartbreak?

"Easily, the most difficult week of my life," Barnes said.

His brother, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze, had been diagnosed Feb. 4 with an acute form of leukemia known as ALL. Doctors provided the grim statistics: The five-year survival rate for a person who undergoes only chemotherapy ...

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