New Yorkers Step Up - One For Jasmina
At the beginning of March, we related the need 6-year-old New York City girl Jasmina Anema has for a bone marrow transplant. Jasmina has a rare and deadly form of leukemia. At that time, celebrities singers Kelly Rowland and Rihanna and NBA star Paul Pierce are helping get the word out.
New Yorkers stepped up to help. It has been reported that approximately 1,000 people showed up yesterday at a marrow drive in Harlem.
Nearly 1,000 people showed up to a marrow drive in Harlem Sunday to see if they can be a donor for the adorable 6-year-old, who is battling leukemia.
Even if they're not a match for Jasmina, they may be a match for someone else. It is estimated that 6,000 Americans urgently need a bone marrow transplant.
The One for Jasmina Web site (oneforjasmina.com) has information about future donor drives, as well as how to become a donor by requesting a simple kit. The next local drive will be held Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Trenton.
If you would like to become a bone marrow donor:
* You need to be between the ages of 18 and 60 years.
* You need to meet the health criteria. Persons with conditions such as HIV, insulin-dependent diabetes, hepatitis and autoimmune diseases are generally excluded.
* While there is no minimum weight requirement, there is a maximum. The maximum acceptable weight would be a person's weight associated with a body mass index (BMI) of 40.
* If you are part of a registration drive, then often the sponsor of the drive will cover the costs. If no, then you may be asked to pay for the tissue typing (approx $52).
For additional information, visit www.oneforjasmina.com.
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