Drive recaps! 22 new donors from NYU AACF and 7 new donors from Grace Faith Church!

Hi all,

Sorry for the long overdue recaps (my wife and I moved apartments this month which seriously consumed our lives) but I’d like to thank the 29 people who decided to become bone marrow donors in the past month!

On Wednesday, 9/28/2016 we ran a drive with NYU’s Asian Christian Fellowship, where 22 new people signed up:

Tables of students registering to join the bone marrow registry
Two East Asian women smiling into Cheekswab frame
Two East Asian men smiling into Cheekswab frame

and on Sunday, 10/22/2016, we ran at drive at Grace Faith Church in Chinatown NYC, where we were able to register 7 new donors:

Two new registrants from Grace Faith Church
Young Asian man smiling in cheekswab frame
Man and son smiling in Cheekswab frame

Thank you to everyone we met and spoke to — everyone was super encouraging, with a number of people from the NYU drive who were already registered (!) and several at Grace Faith Church who said they would’ve joined if they met age/medical qualifications. While the ultimate goal is to register as many minority donors as possible, spreading awareness and reception of the message is the road to making that happen.

I’ll never forget the frustration I felt on my hospital bed about the fact that despite a lack of minority donors being a “huge problem” I had never heard about it. No one reached out to the minority communities I was a part of.

These drives are part of the road we travel to making that happen. Thanks to everyone for listening to my story, and please don’t hesitate to share the story with others in your life for whom it may be relevant.

As always, another shout out to all of the friends who help volunteer to help staff our drives. Cheekswab isn’t a reality without your support.

Volunteers for the NYU AACF Cheekswab drive

23 new donors from Good News Church NYC!

Compilation of GNC donors holding up a cheekswab sign
23 new donors at Good News Church NYC

Thank you to the 23 new donors from Good News Church NYC that #SwabbedToSaveALife on Sunday!

It really was a tremendous turnout, with so many people already on the registry. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to share about bone marrow donation and engage with such a tight-knit community. Thank you so much for the time, space and opportunity!

Donors filling out forms on tables


Bone Marrow Drive at Good News Church NYC, Sunday 8/21, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Dan speaking at GNC NYC
Dan speaking at GNC NYC on 8/14

We’ll be hosting another bone marrow drive this Sunday, 8/21, at Good News Church NYC (http://www.gncnyc.org/) immediately following the Sunday service, which starts at 5pm. We expect the drive to happen around 6:30pm or so in the basement of the venue, which is the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

The venue’s location is: 236 E. 31ST STREET, New York, NY 10016 (31st between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

For any GNC members, please be sure to understand the commitment of joining the registry.

Please help spread the word to join the lottery to save a life!


16 new donors at City Grace NYC!

City Grace Cheekswab Compilation

Thank you to everyone who came out to City Grace NY this afternoon! We’re happy to report that we had a total of 16 new registrants to the bone marrow registry, which was an awesome response.

Thank you so much to the members of City Grace NY — Ben Spalink, Steven and Cancha — and the employees of the Anthology Film Archives for all of their help organizing and executing the drive.

Thank you for joining the lottery to save a life!

City Grace registrants compilation


Reminder: City Grace Bone Marrow Drive, Sunday 7/17 at 12:30pm, Anthology Film Archives (2nd St. and 2nd Ave, NYC)

Speaking at City Grace NY

Thanks again to City Grace NY for giving me the opportunity to share my story about Cheekswab and cancer last week.  We’re excited to run the bone marrow drive this Sunday after City Grace’s service at the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003) in Manhattan’s East Village. The drive should start at around 12:30pm and last until 1:30pm or so.

For those of you compelled to join on Sunday, we encourage you to revisit and understand the commitment for joining the bone marrow registry: http://www.cheekswab.org/join-the-registry/commitment/

Please help spread the word!