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Bone Marrow Registration Drive for TJ Franson At Paramus High School on Saturday, Dec. 4

Saturday, December 4, 2010


PARAMUS, NJ - TJ Franson, a 7-year-old student at Memorial School in Paramus, needs YOUR help! TJ has been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare and serious blood disorder, and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. But first he must find a match.

The HLA Registry at Community Blood Services is working with TJ’s family and friends to try to find that match by registering potential stem cell donors for TJ and other critically ill patients like him at a bone marrow drive on Saturday, December 4th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Paramus High School, 99 East Century Road.

Registration is free, painless and easy - a simple swab is taken of the inner cheek. Anyone interested in more information about the drive can call 800-336-3363 or visit BeTheMatch.org for more information about stem cell donations.

To join the registry you must be between the ages of 18 and 60, be willing to donate to any patients in need and meet the health guidelines.

The HLA Registry (HLA stands for human leukocyte antigens, the genetic information encoded on white blood cells) in Oradell, NJ is dedicated to finding compatible unrelated donors for lifesaving bone marrow transplants. A member of the National Marrow Donor Program (Be the Match), it is the largest non-governmental donor center in the U.S. and has registered more than 260,000 potential donors in the NMDP’s data base.

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