On Monday, June 27 we will be hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive at PS 154 - 1625 11th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 from 8:30am until 3:00pm in the MMR. We are encouraging anyone that is eligible to stop in and sign up to join the Be the Match Registry.

Also, we encourage you to pass this info along to anyone that you may know that would be interested in signing up here on Monday.

Below is more detailed information about what it means to join the Be the Match Registry, who is eligible, what to expect, etc.

What to expect: Joining the Be The Match Registry is easy. Patients need donors who are between the ages of 18 and 60, meet the health guidelines and are willing to donate to any patient in need.

When you come to the donor registry drive, we will explain what it means to join the registry, help you understand your commitment, answer your questions and help you through the process.

What need to do: Complete a registration form with contact information, health information and a signed agreement to join the Be The Match Registry. To help you complete the form, bring along:

o Personal identification (such as a driver's license or passport) o Contact information for two family members or friends who would know how to reach you in the future if your contact information changes

Give four swab samples of your cheek cells to be tissue-typed. We will use the results to match you to patients.

Who is eligible: To join you must be age - 18 to 60

You cannot have: * AIDS/HIV * Autoimmune Diseases * Back, Neck, Hip, and Spine issues related to Herniation * Bleeding Problems * Brain Injury/Surgery * Breathing Problems/Sleep Apnea * Cancer * Diabetes - Insulin Dependent * Epilepsy * Heart Disease/Stroke * Hepatitis * Kidney Problems * Liver Disease * Lyme Disease/Tick-Borne Disease * Organ or Tissue Transplant * Pregnancy * Sexually Transmitted Diseases * Tuberculosis

The subsidized cost for our drive is $25 per registrant. If you are unable to pay, but still want to join, the cost will be covered for you. For more information visit http://www.marrow.org.

The family has requested that this information be kept from the children as Aidan is not yet aware of the details of his illness. They are also asking that he be treated as he always has been.

In addition, PS 154 is raising funds to help the family with expenses such as medical, airfare, and possibly an apartment rental in Minnesota. Any financial help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Cash and checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to Elisa and Bobby Seeger and they can be given to me, Sam, Diana Plunkett or anyone of the parents you see with a clipboard at drop off or pick up on Monday and Tuesday.