- Associated Press - Thursday, August 30, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Roberts said goodbye on Thursday to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” but only for a while.

The “GMA” anchor made her final appearance before going on medical leave for a bone marrow transplant.

Miss Roberts‘ departure was first planned for Friday, but she told viewers she chose to exit a day early to visit her ailing mother in Mississippi.

In June, she first disclosed that she has MDS, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. She will be hospitalized next week to prepare for the transplant. The donor will be her older sister, Sally-Ann Roberts, who was on hand for Thursday’s emotional send-off.

There’s no timetable for when Miss Roberts will be back at “GMA,” but she promised she’ll return “as soon as I can.”

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