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.”

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