Local man hopes for bone marrow match

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It's the season of giving, and Warren and Bristol residents have a rare opportunity — giving the gift of life.

Friends of Warren resident Joe Ramos are holding a bone marrow drive for their friend from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Central Fire Station in Warren. Mr. Ramos, who was born in Bristol and graduated from Roger Williams College, was recently diagnosed with MDS, a bone marrow disease that prevents his body from producing enough normal blood cells.

Though he is receiving treatment for the disease at Dana Farber in Boston and has also undergone blood transfusions, his only hope for a cure is a marrow transplant.

Joe is married and has four children and two granddaughters. His family members have been tested, but unfortunately none are a match. On Dec. 13, residents between ages 18 and 44 who want to be tested can do so at the fire station; getting tested is quick and painless, and involves only taking a cheek swab. Those who test will be added to the national Bone Marrow Registry; if you test as a match for anyone nationwide needing a bone marrow transplant, be aware that most donations can be made through a simple, automated blood donation.

If you have health insurance, please bring your card to the event for registration purposes. For more information, call (800)283-8385, ext. 720, or send an e-mail to marrow@ribc.org.

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