BECOME A LIFESAVER!
BONE MARROW DONOR DRIVE – sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 433
Saturday, February 19, 2011 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Middle Island Fire Department 31 Arnold Dr., Middle Island, NY
James and Lloyd (L.J.) have something rare in common: both boys were diagnosed with a blood disorder, Hypereosinophilic Syndrome. They desperately need a bone marrow transplant in order to survive.
James Fiore, 14, of Shirley, says, “This illness can affect every organ in my body. When my disease flares up, I become very tired, extremely nauseous and also have bad headaches. I just want to have a normal childhood again and not miss so much school.”
Lloyd (L.J.) Daniels, 10, of Harlem is a spunky and happy child who loves to play with friends. Minorities are sadly under-represented in the national registry, so L.J. really needs the minority population to register at the drive.
Help the boys be boys again!
Why YOU are so important as a bone marrow donor?
- Every 10 minutes blood cancer takes a life.
- Leukemia is the most common disease children and young adults in the U.S die of, and a bone marrow transplant may be their only chance for survival.
Only 4 out of every 10 patients will receive the transplant that could save their lives
What is my commitment if I register?
- Will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP) until your 61st birthday, unless you ask to be removed.
- Will consider donating to any searching patient who needs a bone marrow transplant.
How do I become a bone marrow donor?
- You need to be between the ages of 18 and 55 years old and meet the eligibility requirements and understand your commitment.
- You need to complete a registration form.
- You need to swab your cheeks using a cotton-tipped swab to collect cheek cells which will identify your HLA tissue-type.