Grand Reserve Hosts Free Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Active Adult Community Helps Seek Donor Match For Local 5-Year-Old

Grand Blanc, MI -- June 3, 2009 – Residents of Grand Reserve, Grand Blanc’s largest community for active adults ages 55-and-up, are asking the public to join them at what could be a life-saving event on Sunday, June 14. Grand Reserve will host a free bone marrow registration drive in conjunction with the National Bone Marrow Registry in an effort to help cancer patients like 5-year-old Sydney Page Gavan of Davison, Mich. who are in desperate need of a bone marrow match. The bone marrow registration drive takes place at the Grand Reserve community from 11 am-3 pm on June 14.

Grand Reserve is located at 6300 Del Webb Boulevard in Grand Blanc, off of Baldwin Rd. between Saginaw and Vassar. The usual $52 registration and lab fee have been waived for this event in an effort to encourage more potential donors to register and be tested. Registrants 18-60 years old in good health will complete a brief health questionnaire, and give a painless mouth swab.

Sydney Page Gavan was diagnosed with biphenotypic leukemia in February and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. To date, a suitable donor has not been found in the bone marrow donor bank. She is being treated through Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

In addition to the bone marrow registration drive, Grand Reserve will host a lemonade stand fundraiser to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation - - a non-profit organization founded by a 4-year-old cancer patient in 2000 that has raised more than $25 million to support childhood cancer research and treatment.

For more information about the bone marrow registration drive, contact Amy Labadie at Grand Reserve – 810-694-4917 ext. 1002.

Amy Labadie, Sales
Grand Reserve by Del Webb
810.694.4917 ext. 1002

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