Bone marrow registry drive held for 11-year-old Kyle Markes, of Stamford

A Norwalk church is hosting a bone marrow drive today to benefit a local boy. Stamford resident Kyle Markes, 11, was diagnosed back in November

A bone marrow registry drive was held to help find a potential donor for 11-year-old Kyle Markes.

A bone marrow registry drive was held to help find a potential donor for 11-year-old Kyle Markes. (7/21/13)

NORWALK - Family, friends and total strangers came together today in the hopes of saving the life of an 11-year-old boy from Stamford.

A bone marrow registry drive was held to help find a potential donor for 11-year-old Kyle Markes. The boy has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and his condition recently worsened, so organizers say today's drive was critical.

None of Markes' family members are matches for Kyle’s marrow. They are praying that one of the people who turned out today to have their cheek swabbed with cotton will turn out to be the person who can help save the boy's life.

Family members say finding a donor is particularly difficult because it's based largely on ethnicity and age. Kyle Markes is of Jamaican descent, so they are looking for a potential donor who is between the ages of 18 and 44, and who is of African or Afro-Caribbean descent.

Today's drive was held at Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk, and two more will be held in upcoming weeks. Everyone who registered today was added to a national registry for bone marrow transplants.

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Bone Marrow Drive

A bone marrow drive is being held July 21 at 1 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church in Norwalk to help 11-year-old Kyle Markes.

Grace Baptist Church
17 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854

Saturday, July 27, from 1-2 p.m. at Brooklyn Baby Cakes
506 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, July 28, from 11-2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church
42 Cross Road
Stamford, CT

The New Canaan Country School student and Stamford resident eagerly awaits for a match to be found. While all prospective donors are invited to be tested, a match will likely be found among African American and Afro-Caribbean communities.

The test is a simple cotton swab of the inside of one's mouth.

Bone marrow registry spokeswoman Jennifer St. Peter : 401-248-5762 Bone marrow registry spokeswoman Jennifer St. Peter (cell number) : 401-714-6240

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