Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:32 pm Post subject: 9/11 Hero in Need of Life-Saving Bone Marrow Match
From Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:00 am to Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ellen Kramer
** Media Advisory**
9/11 Hero in Need of Life-Saving Bone Marrow Match
Family of former FDNY firefighter battling Multiple Myeloma announce blood and bone marrow drive
What: We are asking that everyone – from friends, residents, blood donors, and members of the FDNY, NYPD and the Port Authority to please step up to register for the bone marrow registry and give blood in support of retired firefighter Roy Chelsen at a bone marrow and blood drive. Potential donors may register with the National Marrow Donor Program at this drive. These individuals will be asked to complete a registration form. A simple saliva swab can determine if the donor is a potential match.
Funding for bone marrow testing is being sponsored by the
Theodore Atlas Foundation.
Why: Roy Chelsen needs a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor to save his life. As a member of the FDNY Engine Company #28, Chelsen was among the first firefighters to respond to the terror attacks at The World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He battled bravely for us then; now he is gravely ill and needs our help. For the last three years, Roy Chelsen has been battling multiple myeloma, an aggressive bone marrow cancer. He has undergone chemotherapy treatments, surgery and numerous transfusion therapies. Bone marrow cancer patients require blood transfusions because treatment kills both cancer cells and healthy, blood-forming cells
Roy, a former Staten Island resident is 48 year old and married, with one son.
When: Saturday, September 20, 2008
10:00 am—3:30 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
505 Watchogue Road
Manager, Community Relations/Volunteer Services
Cell 914 760-3792
Fax 718 7977848