NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — After several drives, the 2-year-old son of a New York City firefighter remained in need of a bone marrow transplant this week.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Owen Hogan of New Hyde Park is a playful and happy toddler, according to his father, Brooklyn firefighter Tim Hogan.
“He just loves to run around and play and put smiles on people’s faces all day long,” Tim Hogan said.
But Owen is very sick. He suffers from severe aplastic anemia, a rare condition in which bone marrow stops producing blood cells. His parents live in fear of ailments as minor as a cold.
“If he gets sick, he can die very easily just from that,” Tim Hogan said.
Several recent bone marrow drives for Owen have been unsuccessful, despite the involvement of high-profile figures such as actor Steve Buscemi.
“We’re hoping that Owen’s face is kind of like the catalyst that gets people out, but there are many more people out there who need help just as much,” Tim Hogan said.
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