The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad is hosting a bone marrow drive on Sunday, July 15, 2012, from Noon – 4:00 p.m. The drive is being held on behalf of a 5-year-old boy named Jake, who is the nephew of two long-time volunteer EMTs with the Summit Squad.
In February, Jake was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a rare blood disorder which causes bone marrow failure. He is desperately in need of a bone marrow match, his best hope for a cure. His family has already been checked, as have the worldwide bone marrow banks, but so far no match has been found.
Please come out to the event and help spread the word. Testing to see if you are a bone marrow match is quick and painless – just a simple cheek swab.
The drive will be held at the Squads headquarters, 54-56 Elm St in Summit. (Please park in the Middle School parking lot across the street).
Those who can't attend the Summit event, or are unable to be a bone marrow donor due to a medical condition, are asked to consider making a donation at http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/matchjake.
To learn more about Jake, you can view the Good Morning America segment that aired Tuesday, June 26: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/bone-marrow-donor-16651020
Or, visit his Web site at www.matchjake.org.
The all volunteer First Aid Squad is always looking for new members to join its ranks. All needed training, uniforms and equipment is provided. For information, please call 908-277-9479, or visit their web site at: www.summitems.org. The Squad celebrates 50 years of service this month.