Knights of Columbus To Host Gift of Life Marrow Donor Drive to Save Life of Leukemia Patient on May 19

Top Quote First grade teacher in urgent need of transplant searching for donor of Italian, Polish or Ukranian descent. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 16, 2018 - For many patients suffering from diseases like leukemia and lymphoma, there is hope of a cure through a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. That is, of course, if a donor can be found.

    A match has yet to be found for first-grade teacher Carolyn Inzirillo who is battling leukemia. Inzirillo, 34, is in urgent need of a donor so she may receive a transplant that will save her life.

    Our Lady of the Island Knights of Columbus will host the inaugural Cure4Carolyn donor recruitment drive on May 19, 2018 from 10 am- 4 pm at 2 Eastgate Road, Massapequa Park, N.Y. to register potential bone marrow donors on behalf of Gift of Life Marrow Registry.

    Tissue type is inherited, so her best chance of finding a genetic match lies with donors of Italian/Sicilian, Polish or Ukrainian descent. Carolyn, and other patients like her, needs to find a donor that is her perfect match. That perfect, life-saving match could be YOU!

    Volunteers of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to join the registry. If you are between the ages of 18 and 45 and in general good health, you are eligible to be screened and join the worldwide registry for patients in need. A simple swab from the inside of your cheek is all it takes to determine if you are a match for Carolyn or another person in need.

    In 2014, Inzirillo, a resident of Orlando, Fla. and originally from Flushing, Queens, N.Y. was diagnosed with leukemia and her world was turned upside down. For two years she was unable to work, having to undergo five months of an intense chemotherapy regimen, then multiple surgeries and one-and-a-half years of maintenance chemo.

    I was crushed to have to leave my classroom and students for so long, and had many complications and surgeries along the way," said Inzirillo.

    Although she was able to go back to work, in February 2018 she was told her leukemia had returned and now her only hope of a cure is through a marrow or stem cell transplant.

    My only sibling is not a match, and there is no match for me in the registry. I am hoping we find my perfect match that I so desperately need, said Inzirillo.

    For more information about Gift of Life and saving lives through bone marrow donation, please visit or call 1-800-9MARROW.

    About Gift of Life Marrow Registry
    Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. The organization, established in 1991, is dedicated to saving lives and facilitating bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. To learn more about Gift of Life Marrow Registry, visit

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