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Swab for Leni
Sep 14, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
A month ago, my friend’s 4-month old baby, Leni, was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric leukemia or bone marrow cancer. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell and it’s an hour to hour struggle. She’s proven to be a fighter though and so we are optimistic for her recovery. At some point in her treatment, she would need a bone marrow transplant and because she is of mixed race (Chinese/Caucasian) the pool of donors that she can choose from is not as big as somebody who is fully Caucasian.
Because of this fact, we are organizing a fundraiser/bone marrow drive this Saturday, 9/14 in Williamsburg. With a simple swab of the cheek, Be The Match® figures out your HLA typing which are your unique markers that can match you with Leni, or those like her, in need of a life-saving marrow transplant. It only takes a few minutes to swab, and if you are match, your donation could save Leni’s life or someone else’s.