Bone Marrow Benefit Sept. 13 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Bone Marrow Benefit Sept. 13

Danny Wright, 42, of Waterloo, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) on July 5, and his doctors are currently looking for a bone marrow match.

Please join Danny and his wife, Allison, and their two children Haleigh, 8, and Christopher, 6 , in supporting a bone marrow donor drive from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at St. Mary's School Gym in Waterloo.

What's required of a donor? The day of the drive, blood is taken by a finger prick to determine the donor's bone marrow type and if the donor could be a potential match for Danny or anyone else in need of a transplant. If the donor is determined to be a suitable match, he or she will be contacted at a later date, and for potential additional testing. If further tests determine that the donor is a match, the donor may be asked to donate marrow.

The testing process is fairly expensive and thus getting tested and put into the database is not free. There is a $65 charge to volunteer to cover these costs. The family hopes to drop that fee dramatically. Allison's ultimate goal is to make this free for volunteer donors. She has made great strides already in gathering generous donations to cover the expenses associated with this testing. Contributions are greatly appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Allison Wright or Red Cross or National Marrow Donor Program and mailed directly to 1028 Hecker Road, Waterloo, NY 13165 or brought personally to the Bone Marrow Drive on September 13.

AML is not inherited or contagious. It develops when there is a defect in the immature cells in the bone marrow. This form of leukemia occurs in all ages, but more often in older adults.