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School hosts bone marrow donor search at Hanukkah concert

The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County is asking those moved by the spirit of the holiday season to donate a lifesaving gift for one person in great need.

The Plainview school's Hanukkah concert, scheduled for Wednesday night, has a special component to it this year: a bone marrow testing drive that school officials hope will provide a donor to help save the life of an investment banker who has been stricken with an aggressive form of leukemia.

Alan Cohen, 49, the father of twin 12-year-old girls, is being treated for acute erythroleukemia at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.

And while there have been a few bone marrow drives on his behalf, none have yielded a match.

Hebrew Academy officials are hoping concert attendees can help change that, so the academy is sponsoring a bone marrow testing drive Wednesday at the school at 25 Country Dr. from 6:15 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Potential donors need only fill out a consent form and provide a cell sample by allowing their cheeks to be swabbed.

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