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 ( 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:

Please help spread the word!

Drive Announcement: City Grace Church (Manhattan), Sunday 7/17/2016 at 12:30pm

Hi all!

A lot has happened in the last few months, and we have at least three new bone marrow drives lined up for this summer.

The first one will be taking place in Manhattan at City Grace Church on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 12:30pm. City Grace currently meets at the Anthology Film Archives at 2nd St/2nd Ave in the East Village.

The church service starts at 11:00am and ends at 12:20pm, and Cheekswab will be hosting a bone marrow drive next Sunday in the lobby from 12:30-1:30pm (or as long as necessary).  If you’re available and in the area, please swing by to join the lottery to save a life!

Dan will also be sharing his personal story with Cheekswab tomorrow, Sunday, July 10, at City Grace’s 11am service.


38 New Donors at Hope Midtown!

Hope Midtown Drive

Thanks again to the community at Hope Midtown for volunteering their time, space and resources in hosting the first ever Cheekswab bone marrow drive in NYC this past Sunday.  Running a drive in NYC definitely presents challenges over running a drive in VA (including taking supplies to/from the drive location in a suitcase via cab) and due to the three year period since my last drive I had a few anxieties going into Sunday but it went as smoothly as I could have possibly hoped.  Personally I felt like the drive validated all of the effort that’s been put into relaunching Cheekswab.  It really seemed like people on Sunday understood and accepted the weight of the commitment of joining the registry.

Cheekswab volunteers for the Hope Midtown bone marrow drive
Volunteers for Sunday

And a huge, huge thank you to the friends and family who took time out of their Sunday to volunteer and man stations at the drive, as well as receive training earlier in the week.  Running drives is still an art that I’m nowhere near perfecting but things go so much more smoothly with the help of patient and willing volunteers.  None of this is possible without you.

I’m now looking for additional opportunities to run drives addressing ethnic minority groups in NYC.  Please contact me if there’s a group or organization you’re involved with that would be interested!