Swabbing event held in Albany to help save lives

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Cache store in Crossgates Mall is usually known for fashion, but on Saturday, it may have helped save a life.

Cache hosted Team Lydia for a bone marrow registry drive and dozens of people filled out the forms and got swabbed. Until there's a cure for blood cancers, a bone marrow transplant is the best hope for long term remission for some people.

Cindi Marshall from Glens Falls was lucky her sister was a match for her, but more than 70 percent of people in need don't have a family match. Marshall just received her bone marrow transplant in Boston on the day of the Marathon bombings. Her nurse had just crossed the finish line before the explosions.

Here's how you can join Lydia in making a difference:

→ Business owners have various sponsorship levels from
$1,000 to $7,500 that include tickets to the Grand Finale Program  on May
10th and an ad in the Program book; program ads only are available for $250 and
$500; donations of goods or gift certificates for gift baskets auctioned off at
the Grand Finale Program; setting aside proceeds from a day or sale of certain
items during the 10-week campaign.

→ Individuals can help by:

◊ Making a donation online: http://www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb13/lkulbida

◊ Mailing a check made out to “The Leukemia Lymphoma Society” to
Lydia Kulbida at News10ABC, 341 Northern Blvd., Albany, NY 12204
◊ Attending events & supporting businesses selling items to benefit the LLS

Details can be found at the Team Lydia: Spreading the News for a Cure Facebook page.

Buy tickets to the Grand Finale at http://www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb13/lkulbida

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