Yankees go to bat for Steven Heckman

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Six-year-old Steven Heckman of Amityville faces more than two years of chemotherapy to treat his blood cancer, If he relapses, Steven could need a bone-marrow transplant. The New York Yankees have taken up his cause and will host a drive at their Aug. 4 home game to sign up new bone-marrow donors -- and raise awareness about blood cancer.

Steven Heckman, 6, of Amityville, who was diagnosed
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Steven Heckman, 6, of Amityville, who was diagnosed with leukemia, a blood cancer, a year ago and was featured in a bone-marrow drive at Yankee Stadium. (July 31, 2012)

Steven Heckman, 6, and his mother, Danielle, in
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Steven Heckman, 6, and his mother, Danielle, in their Amityville home. (July 31, 2012)

After already one year of chemotherapy, Steven Heckman,
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After already one year of chemotherapy, Steven Heckman, 6, faces more than two more years of chemotherapy to treat his acute lymphocytic leukemia. (July 31, 2012)

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Leukemia patient Steven Heckman, 6, was the focus
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Leukemia patient Steven Heckman, 6, was the focus during an effort at the Aug. 4 New York Yankees game to sign up new bone-marrow donors and raise awareness about blood cancer. (July 31, 2012)

Steven Heckman, 6, plays video games at his
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Steven Heckman, 6, plays video games at his home in Amityville. Steven has leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy, but if he relapses, he could need a bone-marrow transplant. (July 31, 2012)

Steven Heckman, 6, seen here at his home
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Steven Heckman, 6, seen here at his home in Amityville, has leukemia, a blood cancer. After one of his friends died when a matching bone-marrow donor could not be found, Steven's mother, Danielle, volunteered to work for DKMS, a nonprofit that is helping organize a drive at Yankee Stadium on Aug 4 to sign up bone-marrow donors and raise blood cancer awareness. (July 31, 2012)

Steven Heckman, 6, of Amityville was diagnosed with
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Steven Heckman, 6, of Amityville was diagnosed with leukemia, a blood cancer, a year ago and will be participating in a bone marrow drive at Yankee Stadium. (July 31, 2012)

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