With a simple cheek swab, you can find out if you're a 'match' for the adorable 5 year-old Jake, whose bone marrow has mysteriously stopped producing blood cells.
Well, not-so mysteriously; he has Severe Aplastic Anemia. It used to be fatal, but can now be completely cured with a procedure as painless as a blood transfusion.
The only thing preventing a happy ending for little Jake is he hasn't found a match. Yet.
It could be you. Imagine, you could be the difference.
Tonight there will be two testing stations in Hoboken. One at the St. Ann's Festival from noon to 11pm, and the second at the bar Willie McBride's from 6 to 10 p.m. The bar is offering a free pint to everyone who takes the swab test.
|Yummy! Free if you take the swab test at Willie's.|
You can read Jake's story here. This little boy has virtually no immune system now and dangerously low blood levels. His life has gone from a normal kid's to a series of medical appointments, transfusions, medications and severely restricted activity. I remember what that was like; GA had immune thrombocytopenic purpura at age 4 and spent weeks in the hospital, some tethered to my bed because normal activity was life-threatening.
Jake's health and life can be restored with very little from the right person.
Find out if it's you tonight at St. Ann's Festival or Willie McBride's.