"The only way that they could combat it is with a bone marrow transplant," Burr said.
Burr is lucky. He found a match and he will get the transplant soon. But he wasn't about to stop. His generous nature would guide his mission as the honorary chair in collaboration between the Michigan Dental Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"What we're gonna do is called, 'Take a Bite Out of Cancer,'" he said.
The goal is to get people on the bone marrow registry through kits available in dental offices across the state of Michigan.
"You can actually do a swab, get put on the registry. There is absolutely no cost," he said. "A swab is just a stick in the mouth, and for a hockey player to be involved with that, it makes sense, you know?" he joked.
Burr knows the more people in the registry means it's less of a long shot in finding a match for cancer patients such as himself.
"Someone that gets swabbed at the dentist's office is going to save someone's life," he said. "And that's, I mean, it only takes one person that's going to save somebody's life, and I think that's kind of cool to be a part of something like that."
The "Take a Bite Out of Cancer" drive is targeted to enroll 20,000 new people in the bone marrow registry which would make it the largest bone marrow drive ever in the world.
Local 4 is teaming up with LaFontaine Automotive Group on Thursday for an all-day bone marrow drive. The drive will be held at five LaFontaine dealerships.