By Carol Tannenhauser
Just four years old, the son of an NYPD detective, Ayden is battling leukemia, a blood cancer. He needs a blood stem cell/marrow transplant. That means he needs a donor – a match — from outside his family, because like 70% of those who need transplants, he doesn’t have a fully matched family member.
Captain Neil Zuber, commander of the 20th precinct, covering West 59th Street to West 86th, heard about Ayden’s plight and decided to host a “Be The Match” event. The Be The Match Registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), “a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world,” according to their website.
Lincoln Center, which is located in the 20th Precinct, “has graciously agreed to provide the Atrium as the event site,” Captain Zuber said. “We hope holding the drive in the Atrium will attract a larger group of participants than utilizing an NYPD facility.”
Here are the details:
“The process of registering as a potential donor takes less than five minutes and is non-invasive; a check-in on your cell phone and two self-performed cheek swabs is all that’s required,” Captain Zuber continued. “Please consider helping us, Ayden and his family, and potentially thousands of others waiting to find a life-saving match. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to improve the event, please reach out to me at the 20th Precinct at any time.”