A 20-year-old New Yorker is hoping that a bone marrow drive tomorrow will save his life.

Dionis Guerrero Baez was studying biochemistry at Hofstra University in 2009 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

He needs a bone marrow transplant, and his mother and two sisters died in a plane crash years ago, leaving him without potential family matches.

The bone marrow drive will be tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 13 at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian at Broadway and 166th Street from 7 a.m. to noon. Organizers say it only takes participants two cheek swabs, and two minutes, to find out if they are a match.


Only four out of 10 patients needing a transplant are lucky enough to get a match, according to DKMS, a bone marrow donor center. To find out more information visit getswabbed.org.

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