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Bone marrow drive kicks off awareness week

November 16, 2010 1:52:12 PM PST
A bone marrow drive held by MCNY helped to kick off national "Bone Marrow Awareness Week" in New York City.

Metropolitan College of New York and Assemblyman Keith Wright & "Preserve Our Legacy" invited students, alumni, friends and neighbors to "Be the Match" at a bone marrow drive, in support of Bone Marrow Awareness Month on Monday.

The bone marrow drive was held to help find a match for 10-year-old Lloyd "LJ" Jones and 5-year-old Nyiah Young.

LJ is the first child to battle hyper-eosiniphilic syndrome, which is one of the rarest forms of cancer.

Nyiah recently suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with Moya Moya Disease.

Moya Moya Disease is a thinning and separation of the blood vessels in the brain.

She is in need of a bone marrow transplant and has no matching donors within her immediate family.

70% of leukemia patients do not have a family donor.

If you'd like more information on how you can become a bone marrow donor please visit: http://www.marrow.org/

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