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LI boy aids bone-marrow drive with Yankees

Katharina Harf, chief inspiration officer of DKMS, George

Katharina Harf, chief inspiration officer of DKMS, George Cleary, president of Coty Beauty U.S., and blood cancer patients Jake Amato and Steven Heckman pose for a photograph before the game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Steven Heckman was the poster boy for an initiative by blood cancer nonprofit DKMS Americas and the New York Yankees aimed at raising awareness about leukemia and signing up potential donors of bone marrow, which can be used in a lifesaving procedure.

Steven Heckman, 6, and his mom, Danielle Heckman,
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Steven Heckman, 6, and his mom, Danielle Heckman, at their home in Amityville. Steven was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago and will be participating in a bone marrow drive at Yankee Stadium. (July 31, 2012)

Steven Heckman at his home in Amityville. Steven
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Steven Heckman at his home in Amityville. Steven was diagnosed with Leukemia a year ago and participated in a bone marrow drive during pregame ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. (July 31, 2012)

Steven Heckman, 6, at his home in Amityville.
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Steven Heckman, 6, at his home in Amityville. Steven, who was diagnosed with Leukemia a year ago, was featured in a bone marrow drive during pregame ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. (July 31, 2012)

Katharina Harf, chief inspiration officer of DKMS, George
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Katharina Harf, chief inspiration officer of DKMS, George Cleary, president of Coty Beauty U.S., and blood cancer patients Jake Amato and Steven Heckman pose for a photograph before the game between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees with
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees with Katharina Harf, chief inspiration officer of DKMS, George Cleary, president of Coty Beauty U.S., and blood cancer patients Jake Amato and Steven Heckman at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 4, 2012)

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)

Leukemia patient Steven Heckman, 6, was the focus
Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

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)

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