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Harrington Park School & Community Blood Services
Hold 5th Annual “Fiz’s KidzKare Drive”

June 12, 2014


HARRINGTON PARK, NJ - The student council at Harrington Park School is hosting a KidzKare blood drive and bone marrow registration drive in partnership with Community Blood Services on Thursday, June 12, continuing its annual tribute to long-time Harrington Park resident Mark “Fiz” Fizulich who lost his battle with leukemia six years ago.

The blood drive is scheduled from 1 to 6:30 p.m. at Harrington Park School, 191 Harriot Avenue. The bone marrow registration drive will run from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the school. All potential “heroes” are invited to stop by to donate blood and register with Community Blood Services’ HLA Registry which is a member of the national Be The Match bone marrow registry. Registration for anyone age 18-44 is free, painless and easy; a short medical history is completed and a simple swab is taken of the inner cheek.

Mark, a 1989 graduate of Harrington Park School, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in late 2005. A blood donor himself, Mark received life-giving blood transfusions during treatments for his AML.

“Mark battled his illness with the same resolve and tenacity he displayed in life but, sadly, passed away after an epic fight at just 32 years old. Throughout Mark’s crusade, he relentlessly advocated for blood donation,” said his brother Michael Fizulich.

KidzKare blood drives educate young, future donors about the importance of donating blood and allow youngsters to participate in school-sponsored blood drives by recruiting their teachers, parents and adult neighbors to become blood donors. For every donor a student recruits, a book is donated to their school’s library or designated educational program.

Community Blood Services is currently booking KidzKare drives for the 2014-2015 school year. To set up a KidzKare drive at your school, call 201-389-0350. For more information, visit www.communuitybloodservices.org.

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