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What’s next for Tyler?

March 8, 2014

While the big birthday celebration for Burrillville’s Tyler Seddon may be over, the search continues for a bone marrow match for Tyler and thousands more diagnosed with life-threatening diseases for which a bone marrow transplant may be their best or only hope of a cure.

And it couldn’t be any easier to register to see if you’re a match.
“A few minutes to fill out some paperwork, a quick cheek swab and you’re on your way,” says Frank Prosnitz, communications manager for the Rhode Island Blood Center’s (RIBC) marrow donor program, which facilitates marrow transplants by recruiting volunteer marrow donors.

At Tyler’s massive birthday party at Wright’s Farm Thursday, 123 people signed up to become donors. Last month, over 100 people were registered at a community blood and bone marrow registration drive at the Pascoag fire station in Tyler’s hometown.

Prosnitz hopes Tyler’s story and the stories of countless others diagnosed every year with a blood cancer like leukemia will keep the momentum going.

Full story appears on page A1 of Sunday's Call.

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