Essex County News

Essex County Bone Marrow Drive Aims to Find Match for 6-Year-Old Rare Blood Disease Patient

873e0fd6ac1053a959a3_0440caa7c9b87528f452_a8a73744081ecd2fc642_Screen_Shot_2016-02-16_at_11.12.52_PM.jpg
John Faro Vitale Bone Marrow Drive Credits: Helen Flores
9d254da0fedef2f039b5_e56e539d2ca2b9d87e0f_Screen_Shot_2016-02-16_at_11.13.16_PM.jpg
873e0fd6ac1053a959a3_0440caa7c9b87528f452_a8a73744081ecd2fc642_Screen_Shot_2016-02-16_at_11.12.52_PM.jpg

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The West Essex YMCA is asking for the community’s help in locating a bone marrow match for 6-year-old John Faro Vitale, the grandson of YMCA Executive Director Helen Flores. A bone marrow drive is being held for John at the Y on Feb. 18 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in an attempt to find a match.

John Faro, a first-grader who loves to play soccer and watch football, recently was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia, a rare blood disease that affects 700 to 800 people in the United States and requires a bone marrow transplant. According to Flores, when Faro was diagnosed, it was also determined that his bone marrow type is equally as rare and the family has yet to find a match.

Flores and the other executive directors at the Metro YMCA of the Oranges, including the YMCAs of Sussex, Wayne and South Mountain, as well as the Madison and Staten Island YMCAs, are teaming up to save the lives of kids like John and other kids suffering from similar disease. Flores said there are other lives that need saving and kids all over the country that could benefit from the community’s contributions.

Sign Up for E-News

Sign Up for E-News

 

“I need to get people here to get swabbed so maybe we can find a match,” said Flores, who has been supported by the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE), the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC), Health Community Healthy Youth (HCHY), and other local organizations throughout the process. “I’m overwhelmed. Everyone has been so helpful to me to get the word out and I’m so grateful—there’s no other place like Livingston.”

Visiting her grandson at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and hearing the heartbreaking stories of other innocent kids with blood diseases, leukemia and other illnesses has Flores more determined than ever to spread the word about “Be the Match,” a national marrow donor program. According to Flores, every $100 raised helps add another member to the registry and every marrow donation is an opportunity to find a match.
 

 
 

 

John Faro is already in the registry, with more than 12-million donors, but the more people that donate, the more likely the Vitale family is to find a match. All it takes is a quick swab of the inside of a cheek and it could mean the difference between life and death for John or another kid like him.

According to Flores, the Be the Match Registry has the best success with donors between the ages of 18 and 44. Patients with diseases like leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell anemia are also more likely to match someone who shares their ethnic background. 

Since the West Essex Y is known in Livingston for its community service projects, local organizations are teaming up to help Flores, a close friend of the community's, in her family's time of need. 

“Of course we are all devastated by the news but [John Faro] has been stable for the last three weeks so that gives us hope and buys us time until they can determine the best course of action for him,” said HCHY President Alan Karpas. “Please help us support Helen by spreading the word and attending the Bone Marrow Drive.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

April 20, 2018

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit http://cloudcaninesalon.com to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

About Cloud ...

Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Swimming
Camp
Childcare 
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

About the West Essex YMCA:
The West Essex YMCA has ...

MAX Challenge of West Orange - 2 Weeks FREE and more...

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is about to start its next challenge.  Sign up before April 9, and you will receive maximum benefits, including two weeks free!

NUTRITION... MOTIVATION... RESULTS..!

SIGN UP BEFORE APRIL 9TH AND GET THE 'TAP CHALLENGE' PROMO:

12 weeks for the price of 10
Unlimited fitness classes 
Nutritional ...

County Announces Improvement Plans for Grover Cleveland Park Playground and Tennis Courts

April 20, 2018

CALDWELL/ESSEX FELLS, NJ — Nearly $1.2 million in improvements will be made to modernize the Essex County Grover Cleveland Park playground and tennis courts.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. announced his improvement plans on Friday morning, stating that Grover Cleveland Park is a popular site for families and children, and that the playground and tennis courts need to be ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_dbe95d918aeb3155c711_wo_selfdefense_flyer

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

West Orange High School, West Orange

FREE self-defense and safety seminar for teens ...

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_db004570084548800c6c_jww_pgp_headshot

Wed, April 25, 7:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

Education

Letter to the Editor: Lions Club of West Orange Spaghetti Dinner

April 16, 2018

Dear Editor,

Since 1953, the Lions Club of West Orange has been recognized throughout the township for our service to the blind and visually impaired. A majority of the world’s eye banks, clinics, and eye research centers are established and supported by all Lions Clubs throughout the world.

We are men and women committed to helping provide quality eye care, eye ...

West Orange Community House Seeks Community Sponsors

April 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Boys & Girls Club at the West Orange Community House (WOCH) has opened its new 9,000 square foot recreational facility at 250 Main Street in West Orange.

The WOCH has been supporting families of West Orange for 100 years, and needs help to continue providing much-needed recreational programs to West Orange. By placing an advertisement banner on the gym ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...