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You Could Be the Lifesaving Match for 2-Year-Old Ezra

November 6, 2011

Two-year-old Ezra Fineman needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – Community Blood Services is partnering with Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood to host a bone marrow registration drive at the temple on Mitzvah Day, November 6, for 2-year-old Ezra Fineman.

Each year Mitzvah Day brings together volunteers from throughout the community for a day of service during which volunteers fulfill one of Judaism’s core values, tikkun olam, or “repairing the world,” by participating in activities like these bone marrow registration and blood drives.

The marrow drive through Community Blood Services’ HLA Registry, a member of the Be The Match national registry, will be held at the temple, 475 Grove St., Ridgewood, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to register potential lifesaving marrow stem cell donors for Ezra and other critically ill children and adults. For more information call 800-336-3363.

There will also be a blood drive beginning at 8:45 a.m. at the temple to help patients in need at the more than 25 hospitals served by Community Blood Services.

Two-year-old Ezra, who lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, loves the alphabet, music, and his tricycle. Ezra has a rare primary immune deficiency disorder called Hyper IgM Syndrome and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Since tissue type is inherited, Ezra’s best chance is a genetically matched donor of Eastern European ancestry but donors of all backgrounds are encouraged to sign up at the drive for the many patients awaiting lifesaving transplants. See “Help4Ezra” on Facebook to learn more.

To find out if you are a match for Ezra, all it takes is a simple swab of your cheek! Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60, willing to donate to any patient and meet the health guidelines.

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