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While the big birthday celebration for Burrillvilleâ€™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 couldnâ€™t be any easier to register to see if youâ€™re a match.
â€śA few minutes to fill out some paperwork, a quick cheek swab and youâ€™re on your way,â€ť says Frank Prosnitz, communications manager for the Rhode Island Blood Centerâ€™s (RIBC) marrow donor program, which facilitates marrow transplants by recruiting volunteer marrow donors.
At Tylerâ€™s massive birthday party at Wrightâ€™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 Tylerâ€™s hometown.
Prosnitz hopes Tylerâ€™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.