WARREN, NJ — Friends held another in a series of bone marrow drives for Darren Lederman Sunday at the JCC of Central NJ’s annual Fun Fest.
Lederman, father of Emma and Noah and husband of Stacey, is fighting acute myeloid leukemia. Finding a matching donor marrow transplant could be difficult, as his mother, father, and only brother are deceased.
Lederman's wife, Stacey Katcher Lederman, has been a Warren Township educator for 16 years, at both Angelo L. Tomaso School and Mt. Horeb School.
“Darren, our children, and I want to thank everyone who has been swabbed for Darren,” said Stacey Lederman. “Seeing the outpouring of support for our family has been a true blessing. Since his parents and siblings have passed away, the fate of Darren's life now lies in the hands of a complete stranger.”
If you missed the drive, you can still find out if you’re a match by requesting a kit from http://www.deletebloodcancer.org Click “register as a donor” and choose Lederman’s name from the drop-down list. A kit with a pre-paid return envelope will be sent to your house. The test, which involves swabbing the inside of the cheek, takes just 30 seconds.
A fundraising page has been set up to help the Lederman family. To reach it http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-the-lederman-family-fight-leukemia-/296296, You can follow the family’s story and learn more ways to help by joining the Facebook group Lederman Strong.
“There are no words to express the gratitude we have for people who have organized fundraisers, shared our story, were swabbed, donated or brought smiles to our children's faces during their darkest days,” said Stacey Lederman. “We have an amazing support system that continues to grow every day. We are and will be forever touched by the world's generosity, kindness care and support.”
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