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How to help Julianna and her family

Jessica Buttner, left, with her twin sister, Julianna,

Jessica Buttner, left, with her twin sister, Julianna, who has a rare form of leukemia. Their family decided to have Jessica serve as a bone-marrow donor after no match was found among more than 2,600 people who volunteered to be tested. (Jan. 7, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Mahala Gaylord

The Buttner family has events and a special fund to help pay its medical bills:

On Jan. 23, all proceeds from the Subway restaurant at 400 Horseblock Rd. in Farmingville will be donated to the Hope for Julianna Fund.

A fundraiser is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. April 11, at Mulcahy's Pub and Music Hall, 1702 Middle Country Rd., Centereach.

Donations to the Hope for Julianna Fund can be sent to: P.O. Box 143, Farmingville, NY 11738.

To become a bone marrow donor, you can join the Be the Match Registry at a donor registry drive or online at bethematch.org. People must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and fill out a health history form.

If joining in person, your cheeks will be swabbed for cells. If joining online, you will be sent a swabbing kit in the mail. The swabs will then be analyzed for their type and your name placed on the registry.

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