Gift Of Life Will Hold Bone Marrow Drive At South Street Seaport

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A birthday bone marrow drive is being held on Sunday for a three-year-old boy in need of the gift of life.

The drive is being held at the BODIES exhibition at the South Street Seaport, on the corner of Fulton and Front Street.

Ezra suffers from Hyper 1gM Syndrome which prevents his body from producing the antibodies needed to fight off infections, the only cure is a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

Anybody interested can also visit the Gift of Life website and make monetary donations. Every $54 dollars raised will process a test kit and enter a possible donor into the donation registry.

The drive will begin at noon and end at 5PM, the Gift of Life hopes that the diverse audience of all races, religions, and ethnicities that visit the Seaport will expand the opportunity to find a match for Ezra. However the highest probability for a match exists within the Jewish community, particularly people of Polish or Hungarian descent.

Any swabs taken that do not match Ezra will be placed in a database for possible use on another person, explains Gift Of Life’s Ruth Miller.

“Ezra is one of thousands looking for a match, so if it doesn’t match him, it may match someone else in the registry.”

Please leave a comment below…

  • Gerry Fulcher

    I would like to see if I would be a match for Ezra. I am 75 years old, and in very, very health condtion. I still play ice hockey against 30 year olds…so I am in great shape. I am a former NYPD detective. I have not had to see a doctor since 1962 when I took the Physical exam for the NYPD.
    I now live in Wilmington Delaware. Please tell me how I could be tested to see if I am a match.
    Thank you

    • Robin

      Thanks very much for your willingness to help. Unfortunately, you can enter the registry only until age 60. Please consider making a donation to help sponsor another donor – there are currently over 10,000 swab kits that have not been processed for lack of funds. You can donate at Thanks!

  • Robin

    Please come and see if you’re a match to Ezra! If you can’t make the drive, you can order a cheek swab kit online or make a donation at

  • Robin

    Please come out to see if you’re a match for Ezra! If you can’t make the drive, you can order a cheek swab kit online or make a donation at!

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