NUTLEY, NJ - Special Young Adults Director Ann Rotonda has been awarded the 2017 Department of Public Affairs Women’s Advocacy Award for her work with SYA. The award is given by Commissioner Steven Rogers and the Department of Public Affairs.

Rotunda has been the Director of The Special Young Adults Organization for over 37 years, dedicating her entire life to the well-being of countless special young adults who would otherwise have nowhere to turn. Community members say that Rotunda she showers them in the love and support they deserve. She is completely and unconditionally loved by every young adult that comes though her doors, as well as by everyone that has had the undeniable privilege of meeting or working with her.

Rotunda was recently re-diagnosed with AML – Acute Myeloid Leukemia. With her first diagnosis, her body went into remission after weeks of chemotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant was not necessary. With this re-diagnosis, the need for a bone marrow match/donation is a priority.

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The Nutley Board of Commissioners is working with the national donation registry “Be the Match” Foundation in an effort to find a potential donor for Rotunda. Some 70% of patients do not have a donor in their family and depend on kindness, generosity and selflessness of others through this type of donation process.

A Bone Marrow Drive is being scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th at the Department of Public Affairs, 149 Chestnut Street, Nutley. Appointments will be taken between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Walk ins will not be turned away, but  appointments are advisable. Call the Nutley Health Department at 973-284-4976 to secure a spot. Residents from Nutley and surrounding communities are invited to join the Be the Match Registry.

The donor registry process is simple and painless - it is just a simple swab of the cheek from which the cells can be typed . Registrants of the 'Be The Match' registry become a part of every patient's search for a donor

To qualify for the registry, registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 44. Be willing to donate to any patient in need.

Meet the health guidelines Keep your contact information current. Health Guidelines: These conditions would prevent one from joining: HIV or risk of HIV, Hepatitis or risk for hepatitis, most forms of heart disease or cancer, chronic lung, diabetes, blood clotting disorders, recent back surgery, autoimmune/neurological disorders, being an organ or marrow transplant recipient, significant obesity, current sleep apnea. Information and Educational information will be readily available at the drive.

Please contact either Meredith Blank at mblank@nutleynj.org, or Donna Feaster at dfeaster@nutleynj.org to register for the drive. If you have any questions regarding the drive, please contact the Department of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976.

 The Board of Commissioners is hoping that residents will come out in support of one of our community’s true “Township Treasures”… Miss Anne Rotonda, 2017 Women’s Advocacy Award recipient.