For those of you who may not know, Tom has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of multiple myeloma called plasma cell leukemia. He is in urgent need of a donor for a stem cell transplant. His wife, Debbie (former teacher and principal at West Genesee) is organizing a marrow drive with the help of parish and Camillus community members and Be the Match Foundation.
If you are between the ages of 18-44, you are urged to attend this drive. You will be asked to complete a simple form and then will be tested with a simple cheek swab. There is no cost involved. Your name and test results will be added to the Be the Match Registry as a potential match for Tom or other people in need of stem cells. If you are selected later as a match and agree to donate, some of your stem cells will be retrieved from your blood through a process called apheresis. There is little to no discomfort involved in this procedure. You will NOT need to have a surgical bone marrow procedure.
For those of you 45 and older, you are welcome to attend and make a monetary donation to Be the Match
Foundation in Tom’s honor. If you are between 45 and 60 years of age, you are also encouraged to register online as a donor at www.bethematch.org .