Wednesday, December 18 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
My 14-year-old nephew Ben, whom I dearly love, is in need of a Bone Marrow Transplant. Unlike 95% of children with his diagnosis, he did not go into remission after the initial first month of chemotherapy.
An international search for a Bone Marrow Donor has not turned up a match for Ben (he has no siblings), and his options are narrowing quickly.
If you are between the ages of 18-44,* a free and simple cheek swab can determine if you are a match, either for Ben or for another child/person in a similar situation. 75% of people who are determined to be a match give through an fairly simple, outpatient process called apheresis, similar to donating platelets at the Red Cross. Your body replenishes the bone marrow you donated, so nothing is lost. Over 3,000 people die per year, waiting for matches.
This is truly a gift of life. If you can, please join us for an EMERGENCY DRIVE at the Jewish Community Center, Gesher entrance, 1200 Edgewood Ave., THIS WEDNESDAY from 4-6 pm.
For more information, please contact me or check out the Be The Match website at http://bethematch.org/
My heartfelt thanks to the JCC, especially Program Director Joy Getnick, for organizing this Emergency Drive. Please help us spread the word.
* donors aged 18-44 are swabbed on-site for free; folks aged 45-60 can donate, but are asked to sign up online and pay $100 to help Be The Match defray the cost of testing.