BAYONNE, NJ —Bayonne mother Sharon Romano will host a blood drive on Friday in honor of her son, Michael, who passed away from cancer when he was 11 years old.

Michael, who suffered from neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, received chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, stem cell transplants and hundreds of blood and platelet transfusions during his seven-year treatment, before losing  his life to the disease in 2005.

"I host the blood drives in my son's memory to keep his memory alive and to give back for all the support that was given to Michael over the seven years he was in treatment," Romano told TAPinto Bayonne. "Michael was dependent on platelets and red cell transfusions for quite a while. He always had the support of the Bayonne community, especially the Bayonne Police and Fire Departments. There is such a need for donors and it is an honor for me to do this."

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The blood drive will run from 1:00-7:00 PM at St. Henry' Church, 77 W. 28th Street.

According to a press release announcing the event it only takes one hour to donate blood, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to attend, as their blood can be used in emergencies.

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