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Blood & Platelet Drive
in Support of Jessica Petti

December 5, 2015


UNION, NJ – Community Blood Services will hold a blood and platelet drive on December 5 in the township in support of Jessica Piano Petti who recently had a bone marrow stem cell transplant to treat her leukemia.

The drive, being organized by the township’s Ford family, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus #4504, 1034 Jeanette Avenue. Anyone interested in donating can call 201-251-3703 or schedule online. Whole blood walk ins are also welcome but an appointment is needed to donate platelets.

On July 4, 2013 what started out as a routine doctor’s visit for Jessica Petti turned into news that would forever change her life and the lives of her husband, Mike, and 3-year-old son, Nico. That day Jessica was diagnosed with leukemia. In November 2013 Jessica received a wonderful gift, a bone marrow stem cell transplant. After a difficult recovery she went into remission but on July 3, 2015 30-year-old Jessica was told her leukemia had returned and she underwent another bone marrow transplant on November 5 at HackensackUMC.

“Jessica’s friends and family are joining Jessica in her fight to get well,” said Jim Ford, the drive’s organizer. He said Jessica and her husband, who live in East Hanover, grew up in Union and Jessica’s family has a business there, noting one of Jessica’s goals after her first transplant was to give back and help other patients like her so this blood drive was scheduled.

“Please consider donating blood or platelets in loving support of Jessica,” Ford added. Donors must be healthy, 17-75 years of age (16 and 17 years old with parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds.

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