(Photo of Mr. Jaime Crowley)

The bone marrow drive at Pell Elementary School on Monday is being called a huge success by the Rhode Island Blood Center, a Be The Match Partner.

“I just wanted to thank you again for having me on the show (The Open Forum on 1540 AM) yesterday. To follow up, we had 344 register, it was a huge success!”, said Cristina Balboni from the Marrow Donor Program at the Rhode Island Blood Center on Tuesday.

344 people between the ages of 18-44 showed up at the Pell School to register for the donor drive and to show their support of Jaime Crowley, Principal of Thompson Middle School and Maureen Martin, a secretary at Rogers High School, both who are in search for a bone marrow match.

Those registered will be kept in the Be The Match registry until the age of 61.
Crowley, who won the Middle School Principal of the Year Award in 2015, has recently been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome RAEB (MDS). He is in need of a bone marrow transplant and is currently still seeking a donor.

Individuals who could not make the drive and still want to register for Be The Match can visit the Rhode Island Blood Center at 688 Aquidneck Ave. in Middletown or any Rhode Island Blood Center location throughout the state. Hours and directions can be found at www.ribc.org.

A fundraiser is planned for the Crowley family on February 27th, for more information and to follow their journey follow Friends Of The Crowley Family on Facebook.

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Every 3 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. For many of those patients, the best hope for a cure is a marrow or stem cell transplant. And 70% of them will not have a matching donor in their family. They will turn to Be The Match to find their life-saver; someone just like you. For more information, visit www.bethematch.org.

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