Bone Marrow Drive to be held at RIT on January 23rd | Community Spirit
Gates Automotive and Christopher’s Challenge, a Webster-based charity which does lifesaving work in the area of bone marrow transplants, are sponsoring a bone marrow drive at the RIT Community Service Center on January 23rd from 12pm-3pm. The drive will be in honor of 6 year old Logan James Parker, who is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The drive is being hosted by Sam Infantino, Marianne’s Consignment and the RIT Community Service Center.
“Each day, thousands of men, women and children with leukemia, aplastic anemia or other fatal blood diseases desperately search the registry for a matching bone marrow donor,” said Kathy Costello, chairperson of Christopher’s Challenge. “The more people we can get to join the registry, the better chance these individuals have of finding a match.”
Participants who sign up to be a bone marrow donor will be placed on the national Be the Match Registry. The procedure for entering the Be the Match Registry is non-invasive, and requires a swabbing of the mouth along with filling out a brief health questionnaire. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44, in good health and willing to help any patient in need is able to join the registry. The typical fee to be typed is $100, however, Christopher’s Challenge and Gates Automotive will be covering the fee for each potential, committed donor.
“We value our community and giving back is an integral part of our business initiatives,” said Gates Automotive president Jim Fonzi. “We admire the work Chirstopher’s Challenge does to bring awareness to bone marrow donation and giving people a second chance at life.”
“The goal of this event is to educate individuals about bone marrow donation and to get as many individuals as possible to become potential bone marrow donors through the Be the Match Registry,” said Sam Infantino, one of the event organizers. “We are especially hopeful for a very special young man, Logan James Parker, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant.”