SOUTH STREET SEAPORT (WPIX)—"Bodies The Exhibition" is typically a big draw on Sundays. On this Sunday, even more people than usual showed up at the South Street Seaport attraction because of a little boy in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
The Gift of Life Foundation held a bone marrow drive in front of the exhibit for Ezra Fineman of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The 3-year old boy suffers from Hyper IgM syndrome which prevents his body from producing the antibodies needed to fight off infections.
Seaport visitors volunteered saliva samples in search of a match.
"The 'Bodies' exhibit is a good venue for the bone marrow drive because we get such a diverse group of people from all over the world. Even if we can't find an exact match for Ezra, we might be able to find a match for other people," said Brian Mastel, general manager of the exhibition.
Anyone interested can also order a kit by going to Gift of Life's website (www.giftoflife.org) or contribute money to help pay for others to be tested.