Spare Cells Save Lives — Jaden’s Law Fundraiser, 9/30

Tomorrow, September 30, join Preserve Our Legacy Inc. as they host a fundraising event for young people afflicted with sickle cell anemia. The fundraiser will be held at Sofrito Restaurant located at 679 Riverside Drive in Harlem, NY.

Honorees include Bronx Councilman Andy King, HealthFirst executive George Hulse, Jennifer Jones-Austin, and union leaders Anthony Wells (Local 371) and Carmen Charles (Local 420). Assemblyman and congressional candidate Keith Wright and Dr. Edgar O. Mandeville will be guest speakers. And eleven year old sickle cell anemia survivor, DJ Mello will provide the music.

Preserve Our Legacy-logo“Preserve Our Legacy” began with founder Shana Melius’ mission to find a match for Jaden Hilton, a young African American boy battling leukemia.  In January 2007, after not finding a bone marrow match, Jaden lost his battle.  Jaden died because African American bone marrow donors are particularly hard to find. Minority participation in the National Bone Marrow Registry is extremely low, with African Americans among the lowest at 8%, Hispanics at 9% and Asians at 7% of all registrants.

Each year Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright and Preserve Our Legacy, Inc. partner to increase awareness within various New York communities by hosting their annual bone marrow and cord blood awareness week.

“Jaden’s Law would take the first steps to educating the broader public about the importance of bone marrow and cord blood donation”, said Assemblyman Wright. Jaden’s Law would provide for the creation a bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donation registry, as well as education and outreach to potential donors.

Last June, Councilman King introduced a Resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign Jaden’s Law.

For more information, visit www.preserveourlegacy.org or call 877-778-3623.

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