WARREN, NJ - The Darren Lederman Bone Marrow Drive will be noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Chai Center for Jewish Life, 20 Shawnee Drive in Watchung.

Lederman is husband to Stacey Katcher Lederman, a teacher in Warren Township, and father of two young children. Darren Lederman was diagnosed last year with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He received a bone marrow transplant in May, but has learned his cancer has returned and he needs another transplant immediately.

“It is with the saddest, most scared, defeated and broken heart that I write this update,” Darren’s wife, Stacey Katcher Lederman, wrote in the Lederman Strong Facebook group, which has swelled to over 1000 members. “After almost one year since diagnosis, we found out this week that Darren has leukemia again and is in need of another bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, the first transplant was ineffective. A bone marrow transplant is supposed to accomplish three things in a person's body and Darren's has done none, except make him very, very ill. In the end, Darren's feisty cells won. So now we start from scratch, except this time, Darren is going into the whole process extremely weak, defeated and ill.”

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Anyone between the ages of 18 and 55 years who is in general good health is eligible to participate in a 10-second cheek swab during Sunday’s bone marrow drive. If you are unable to make the drive but wish to swab, go to deletebloodcancer.org and register to donate. Where it says how did  you hear about us, scroll down until you see Darren Lederman to have a kit sent you. 

In a Facebook update Stacey writes,

Thank  you to everyone who has and continues to share our story, been swabbed, organized drives, volunteered their time, brought donuts and coffee, gave more effort and dedication to my family than I ever imagine, etc.  All of these acts of kindness have inspired friends and strangers to join Team Lederman and have encouraged us to stay #LedermanStrong! 

Thank you to everyone who ordered a kit or who came out this past weekend to the JCC. The turnout was amazing! It was heartwarming to see new friends, old friends, high school friends who I haven't seen in years, and meet strangers who just wanted to help. So much support and so many wanting to save lives....surreal and moving. 

Remember, “You cannot do an act of kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.” 

Please check this Facebook page for continuous updates from my family and friends. 

“Cancer may have started the fight, but Darren Lederman will finish it successfully!” 

All my love and gratitude! xoxo

 

For more information, call (908) 864-7788.