Stephen Beckta of Westboro’s Gezellig, will be hosting a “swab-a-thon” at the restaurant between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on March 29.
“We are trying to find a stem cell match for our friend Al Carpenter who is suffering from Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)… while growing the bank of potential donors in Canada,” writes Beckta in a recent email exchange.
As a Caucasian male, Carpenter would have had a 93% chance of finding a match from the 22 million strong network, but Beckta explains that Carpenter “is a bit of an anomaly” because of his ALL.
“I never understood until now the immense need and what little it takes to save someone’s life in this way, and I think like me, most people are not well informed,” he writes.
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