Michael Brecker’s son Sam is organizing a drive in his local town of Hastings-on-Hudson in New York State, to raise awareness of the need for people to be screened as possible bone marrow donors. Michael Brecker was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. Despite a well-publicized worldwide search, a suitable marrow donor was not found. He underwent an experimental partial stem cell transplant, but died in 2007.
Sam Brecker, 24, is a three-year veteran of the Hastings-on-Hudson village police department and stated in an article published by lohud.com (a local news site for the “Lower Hudson” region) that “People are afraid that it’s some invasive procedure, but it’s just a cheek swab that takes a few minutes. It’s something simple that people can do to save a life.” he samples are documented in an international bone marrow registry. If a match is found, the person will be asked to consider donating their marrow to a cancer patient.
Sam’s drive will be held through the Love Hope Strength Foundation, which sponsors concerts across the U.S.A. to raise money for leukemia research and to add people to the international bone marrow registry. The Love Hope Strength Foundation and it’s partner DKMS (an international not for profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders) has registered well over a hundred thousand music fans to the National Marrow Donor Program helping to save lives of those suffering from blood borne illness. It’s because of this partnership and partnerships such as these, that Love Hope Strength Foundation has become the leading music centric cancer foundation helping to save lives, one concert at a time.
While it may not be possible for the majority of our readers to join Sam at his drive, you can register as a doner on the Love Hope Strength Foundation website. You could also help by sharing this article (and/or the article on lohud.com) on your social media account’s. Remember – awareness leads to action.
You can see Sam speaking about the drive and his father in a video published in the original article on lohud.com.