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St. Bonnie President battling cancer

Posted at 9:23 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 07:44:08-05

St. Bonaventure University has announced that President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F. has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has started drug therapy treatments.

The diagnosis came just days after she announced her plans to step down from the presidency in July.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the blood causing abnormal plasma cells to collect themselves in bones and the bone marrow.

Carney said doctors say she should be able to fulfill her role as president during drug therapy, but she may need to cut back a bit.

Board chairman Robert Daugherty indicated the Board, Cabinet, and other campus leaders and staff support Sr. Margaret's plan of action and will make sure she has the love and support she needs to heal and beat the disease

Carney is the university's 20th president.

When she ends her term of service in July, she will have served as president for 12 years.