Eleven-year-old Danny has been receiving treatment for leukemia since last June, and is now cancer-free. But the Suffern boy still has to endure chemotherapy and radiation until Aug. 2014.
“In the past year, he and his family give credit to the countless medical professionals and are grateful to the many blood donors whose generous voluntary blood donations have helped Danny’s fight this disease,” Liza Martin, one of the advisors to Suffern Middle School’s YAC, wrote in an email.
“While several potential bone marrow matches have been identified to donate marrow if Danny requires a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant in the future, he and his family want to ‘pay it forward,’” Martin wrote. ”This drive will bring in important blood donations and will help grow the pool of potential bone marrow donors. This will give others, fighting similar illnesses, the chance to find the vital key to treatment and recovery.”
The drive is scheduled to take place from 4:30 to 9 p.m. in the old gym of Suffern Middle School, 80 Hemion Road.
For more information or to make an appointment, sign up here or call 800-933-2566.
Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are also welcome.
You must be 16 years old and weigh at least 11o pounds to donate. Donors under age 19 require identification containing their birth date, while 16 year olds must have parental permission on a form provided by the New York Blood Center (available online and at the drive).