5/23/14

Bone Marrow Drive for Seth Kushner at OLA

On Tuesday, May 27 from 2:30 to 7:30 PM, Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, at 7320 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, will host a Bone Marrow Registration Drive in the Cavanaugh Room (use the walkway between 73rd and 74th, adjacent to the church.)

Waiting for a bone marrow transplant is Brooklyn native and Bay Ridge resident Seth Kushner, a photographer and photo comics creator whose credits include the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, L'Uomo, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker.

The 40-year-old Seth, father of a young son, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia in April and needs a bone marrow transplant.  So far, no donor has been found for him.

State Senator Marty Golden has issued the following statement about the bone marrow drive for Seth Kushner:
"I am asking the community to support an organized effort to help Bay Ridge resident Seth Kushner in his fight against an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Seth, who is married and father to a 5 year old son, is in need of a bone marrow transplant following his April 2014 diagnosis. 
The organization Delete Blood Cancer, with the support of Bay Ridge Cares, is organizing an event encouraging residents to register as a bone marrow donor on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Angels Church, located at 7320-4th Avenue (Cavanaugh Room), Brooklyn. 
To register as a bone marrow donor, necessary forms must be completed, and a swab from the inside of your cheeks is taken. The process takes only five minutes. Folks unable to attend the event can also register online at deletebloodcancer.org. 
In learning of Seth’s battle, I encourage the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and Brooklyn community to come out in great numbers so to help save Seth and others like him from the horrors of cancer. A young man and his family need you to come forward and see if you are a match, and I hope you will make it a point next Tuesday to be part of this donation event at Our Lady of Angels. 
For more information, or to help organize a similar donor drive in the community, please contact Delete Blood Cancer at (212) 209-6710. Delete Blood Cancer DKMS is the world’s largest bone marrow donor center."
Registering as a donor can help Seth and others like him to find a match.  All it takes is filling out a registration form and getting your cheek swabbed.  The investment of a few minutes could save a life.

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