Morristown Dad Needs Bone Marrow Transplant!
HLA Bone Marrow Registry Drive Scheduled January 30
January 30, 2015
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Forty-eight-year-old John Hyland of Morristown, managing director of the Private Advisor Group, husband, and father of three, desperately needs to find a bone marrow match to cure his Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML).
In hopes of finding John a lifesaving match and helping other patients who need marrow transplants, the Private Advisor Group has rallied around John by holding multiple bone marrow drives. Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 30 the public is urged to stop by one of five establishments in Morristown from 5 to 8 p.m. and spend about 10 to 20 minutes registering to join the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be The Match registry by getting a simple cheek swab and filling out a short health form. Each site will have a Be The Match registration table for those 18-44 who wish to do a cheek swab to register.
The participating Morristown establishments are: The Dublin Pub, 4 Pine Street; The Famished Frog, 18 Washington Street; Grasshopper Off the Green, 41 Morris Street; The Iron Bar, 5 South Street; Sona 13, 13 South Street.
To register at the events you must be 18-44 years of age. Those 45 to 60 may register online at bethematch.org. John’s virtual drive information is available at the events. Once on the registry, you are available for John and patients like John who need bone marrow transplants until your 61st birthday.
On December 29th a massive online virtual drive was initiated in honor of John. Anyone wishing to join who can’t attend tomorrow’s events can go online to bethematch.org and register using John’s promo code: “JohnHyland”. The virtual drive is scheduled to run through February 28th.
On January 21st 226 new members were added to the registry during a drive at the offices of the Private Advisor Group which has also raised over $740 to aid in the recruitment costs for the drive. As of January 29, over 325 new members have registered to help save a life through John’s virtual drive. John’s friends, family, and co-workers have not slowed down for a minute in their search to find him a match. Knowing that the 18-44 donor age group is important for the benefit of patients in need, family and friends have also reached out to local colleges to help by holding marrow drives.
John and his wife, Kristin, have two sons, Patric and Kieran and one daughter, Kelsey. John loves competing in the Iron Man competitions. A few months ago he competed in a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride capped by a full 26.2 mile marathon in Lake Placid.
John was diagnosed in 2010 with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). John’s Aunt had died of AML 20 years earlier and understood that he had to fight. John fought the AML with six months of chemotherapy treatments and won. After recovery John resumed his Iron Man training and competed in the 2013 Hawaii World Championships in Kona. At the New York event in 2012, he captained the New Jersey Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s team and helped raise $700,000 for cancer research. John is also responsible for a $10,000 donation to the Be The Match Foundation to help add new, desperately needed members to the registry.