By COLlive reporter
A few weeks ago, Rabbi Moshe Bleich, Director of Chabad Wellesley in Massachusetts, was introduced to a local Jewish couple who have 2 children.
He was told that the wife, 30 years old, has only a few weeks to live. She has leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow that is characterized by an abnormal increase of white blood cells.
The Shliach was told that the woman only has a few weeks to live unless a bone marrow match is found.
“I have been running drives all over, trying desperately to save her life,” Bleich told COLlive.com on Thursday. “I have already gotten several hundred people to sign up and get tested, but we still have not found her a match.”
He said a last resort will be tonight, Motzoei Shabbos, when many Chassidim and bochurim will be attending two large events in Crown Heights.
Testing tables will be placed at the central Yud Shvat Farbrengen in the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway and another at the Kinus Hatmimim gathering at Campus Chomesh on Lefferts Avenue.
Bleich said volunteers will be waiting for the guests.
“It’s real simple,” he said. “It takes 30 seconds to take a cotton swab (Q-Tip) to check the inside of your mouth and you are tested (Results take 3 weeks). No blood, no money and you can save a Yiddishe neshomo. This is pikuach nefesh mamash.”
The Bone Marrow Drive is being co sponsored by Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Ahavad Chesed, Gift of Live Foundation and Hatazlah Crown Heights.
“If someone is a match, hopefully we can get away with their stem cells (just giving some blood),” Bleich added. “There is a chance that she will need marrow which means taking some marrow off of the match, which can save her life.”
Is no match is found, all test will be passed on for matches for other Jews.