May 18, 2015
Eleven Year Old Rhode Island Girl Needs Bone Marrow Transplant
An 11-year-old girl desperately needs a bone-marrow donor.
Jeralene Ares has sickle-cell anemia and requires a stem-cell transplant to cure her.
Her best chance for a match is a Latino donor with a similar ethnic background, but Latinos are underrepresented in the bone-marrow registry.
The New York Blood Center is hosting a special blood and bone marrow registration drive in Washington Heights on Saturday, May 16, in search of a possible match for Jeralene.
Jeralene and her family are traveling from Rhode Island to Washington Heights, where she has extended family.
Registering as a possible blood-marrow donor is easy — just a swiping inside of one’s cheek.
The registration Saturday will take place noon to 6 p.m. at 501 West 172nd Street, at Amsterdam Avenue, in the Bloodmobile Bus parked at FDNY EMS Station 13.
11-year-old girl in search of life-saving bone-marrow match
By Susan Edelman
New York Post
May 15, 2015 | 5:15pm