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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 13, 2009

FDNY AND NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER HONOR BONE MARROW DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will join New York Blood Center (NYBC) President Dr. Robert L. Jones and Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees Howard Milstein for the 5th Annual Honor Roll of Life ceremony, honoring firefighters who have donated life-saving bone marrow and stem cells to individuals suffering from a variety of conditions.

At the event, Firefighter Mark Mianulli of Engine Company 45 will meet on stage with his bone marrow recipient, Laura Poelstra, a 13-year-old girl from Cloverdale, British Columbia, who suffered from Aplastic Anemia.

Eighteen firefighters who donated bone marrow in 2008 also will have their names added to the Departments Honor Roll of Life plaque a record annual number. Since the programs inception, 116 firefighters have donated bone marrow to 130 patients from around the world. The New York City Fire Department is currently the single largest bone marrow registry group with more than 8,000 firefighters on the donor list.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly, NYBC President Dr. Robert Jones, Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees Howard Milstein, NYBC Vice-President Rolf Kovenetsky, FDNY firefighter donors and other Fire Department officials

WHAT:

FDNY firefighter donors meet their bone marrow recipients for the first time; plaque dedication honoring FDNY members who donated life-saving bone marrow and stem cells

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters First Floor Auditorium
9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 11 a.m.

 

 

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Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Steve Ritea, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

 

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