The Diaz Family of OLA is honored to host a bone marrow drive Sunday, July 31. The Be A Match Registry will be here from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., registering potential donors from 18 to 60 years of age. All it takes is a simple cheek swab to join the registry, along with completing a form indicating that a donor is in good health.
The organizers are also preparing a fundraising bake sale and raffle in the auditorium that day to off-set the costs of processing donors.
Two years ago, parishioner Joaquin, son of Jessica, was diagnosed with a blood cancer known as leukemia at the age of three. Joaquin is now five and doing well with treatment at Loma Linda Hospital. In becoming a part of the cancer community, the Diaz family has come to realize the urgent need for bone marrow transplants as a treatment for cancer. Their hope is to broaden the bank of possible donors so more children have a second chance at childhood. Joaquin may very well need to find a match before he is cured of leukemia.
If you'd like to make a contribution to the bake sale or raffle, contact Jessica Diaz at (909) 258-3841. She is planning to travel to Washington, D.C., in September with a group of 46 mothers to advocate for more funding of research into cures for childhood cancers (visit www.st.baldricks.org).