Ridgewood Man Needs Bone Marrow Transplant!
HLA Bone Marrow Registry Event at Ridgewood Film Festival
April 29 & 30, 2015
RIDGEWOOD, NJ – Twenty-three-year old Anthony Daniels of Ridgewood - a Fordham University business student, hockey player, and beloved son - desperately needs to find a bone marrow stem cell match to cure his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The HLA Registry at Community Blood Services, which already has run several bone marrow registration drives to try and find Anthony’s match, is inviting individuals to register during the Ridgewood Guild Film Festival’s two-day event on April 29 and 30 in hopes of finding Anthony’s lifesaving match and helping other patients who need marrow transplants. The event is running from 6 to 10 p.m. each day but marrow registrations will be taken between 6 and 9 p.m. each day. The event will be held at the Bow Tie Warner Quad, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue.
“To Be Strong,” an award-winning film by local filmmakers Ken Spooner and Mike O’Brien that chronicles Anthony’s battle with the disease and how he has had to be strong to survive against all odds since his diagnosis in 2011, will air at the Ridgewood festival to raise awareness of the need for marrow donors. The film already has been named “Official Selection at the Garden State Film Festival, 2015,” “Best Documentary Jersey City International TV and Film Festival, 2014,” and “Official Selection Katra Film Selection, 2014.”
The inspiring film has been used by The HLA Registry to inspire the public to join the ranks of the 12 million volunteer marrow donors that are part of the Be The Match worldwide registry.
Since December of 2013 The HLA Registry and Anthony’s family and friends, as well as Fordham University and Rutgers University, have held many marrow registration events in his honor. Of the more than 800 new members added to the registry several other patients have found a match but Anthony is still waiting for his marrow hero.
Anyone interested in more information about registering at the drives or about bone marrow/ stem cell donations can call Kathy Young at The HLA Registry, 201-389-0480, or click here.
To register online in honor of Anthony and for all patients in need, click here and fill out the registration form using promo code “TOBESTRONG. Be The Match will then send you a cheek swab kit.
Every day thousands of adults and children like Anthony are diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia and other serious diseases that require stem cell transplants as a cure. Approximately 70 percent of those patients will not find matches within their own families and must turn to the Be The Match registry to find a donor. click here to learn more.
If you cannot register at the drives but wish to help in another way, you can help fund the family’s efforts by sending in a contribution to help defer the cost of adding new members to the registry. Every $100 raised helps add a member to the registry. A check can be made out to the Be The Match Foundation and mailed to The HLA Registry, 201 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale, NJ 07645 or you can click here to make your monetary donation.