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Press Releases / 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 24, 2012

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FIRE COMMISSIONER SALVATORE J. CASSANO AND NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER HONOR FIREFIGHTER BONE MARROW DONORS

FDNY Firefighter Who Donated Bone Marrow Will Meet Recipient and Her Family for the First Time

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D., President and CEO of New York Blood Center (NYBC); and Howard P. Milstein, Chairman of NYBC’s Board of Trustees; will add the names of six FDNY bone marrow donors to the “Honor Roll of Life” at the eighth induction ceremony, to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2011 at FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY.

During the ceremony, Firefighter James Wildes, 37, of Engine 162 on Staten Island will meet the recipient of his life-saving stem cell donations, Alise Mareerose Williams, 6, from Evansdale, Iowa. At 16-months-old, Alise was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, a rare life-threatening blood disorder, and her family was told she would need a bone marrow transplant to survive. In 2009, Alise received that transplant from Firefighter Wildes.

Members of the FDNY make up New York Blood Center’s single largest group of bone marrow and stem cell donors. To date, a total of 140 FDNY members have given these gifts to patients - in some cases more than once - accounting for 13 percent of all donors from New York Blood Center.

For a list of NYBC blood drives and donor center locations in NY and NJ, please visit www.nybloodcenter.org and click on the “Locate a Blood Drive” link or call 1-800-933-2566.

WHO:

Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; NYBC President and CEO Dr. Christopher Hillyer; Chairman of NYBC's Board of Trustees, Howard Milstein; Director of the FDNY Bureau of Health Services, Mary T. McLaughlin; FDNY donors and other FDNY officials.

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters Auditorium, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY.

WHEN:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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