SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — The JCC of Central NJ (1391 Martine Ave in Scotch Plains) will host a bone marrow drive on Sunday, March 1 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. to try to help Darren Lederman, his children Emma and Noah and his wife Stacey, as he fights acute myeloid leukemia. Lederman needs a bone marrow donor soon for a life-saving transplant and is in the hospital, unable to see his children for at least 30 days.
To help the family pay their bills, two of Stacey Lederman’s close friends, Jaime La Rosa and Lisa Urbano, have organized a YouCaring.com fundraising page. More than $12,000 has been donated to date.
“Stacey and Darren are two giving members of our community who have quietly been fighting to find a cure for Darren's cancer the last few years,” said Urbano. “Now that Darren is in treatment, the road ahead is both difficult and optimistic. They need the community's support to help them fight Darren's cancer and bring him home to his family, stronger, healthier and better.”
“We both knew we needed to do something to help their family through this trying time,” said La Rosa. “We don’t want them to have to worry about money when they are going through such a difficult time already.”
Last week, Lederman, a Westfield resident, began his treatment plan with a cardiac workout, as his heart is recovering from a heart attack he had a year ago. Next he will undergo intensive chemotherapy, followed by the transplant. After that, he will likely be unable to work for some time."
“The Lederman family feels blessed to know that they have such a large, caring support system within their family, friends and strangers,” LaRosa added.
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