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.
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.
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.
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!