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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 23, 2013

Bone Marrow Drives

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Be The Match and local Santa Barbara families hosts a series of bone marrow drives to help two women that need a bone marrow transplant.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society along with the families, friends, and supporters of Stephanie Waxman, Krista English, and Erika Gomez come together to host a series of bone marrow drives to help find bone marrow matches for Krista and Erika.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society along with the families, friends, and supporters of Stephanie Waxman, Krista English, and Erika Gomez come together to host a series of bone marrow drives to help find bone marrow matches for Krista and Erika.

Last June, Stephanie Waxman, daughter of Dr. Ken and Shirley Waxman was diagnosed with an advanced stage of an aggressive Leukemia. Her only hope to survive this deadly disease was an immediate bone marrow transplant. Her friends and family rallied together to host a series of bone marrow drives and fortunately she found a match. Family and friends of Krista and Erika are hoping for similar results.

The two individuals that are seeking a bone marrow donation are:

Erika Gomez was diagnosed in April 2013 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia—a cancer of the bone marrow and blood. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and responding well to the treatment, however, she is still in need a bone marrow transplant. She is currently a Santa Barbara resident, mother and wife.

Krista English is a 2-time survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), wife and mother of two boys who are now 15 and almost 12. Her first diagnosis was in 2005 when they were only 3 and 6 and now the leukemia has returned for a third time after a 4 ½ year remission from a prior stem-cell transplant.

Please ask your friends, colleagues, and family members ages 18-44 to register and be included in the bone marrow donor registry. It’s simple, free, and easy.

§ Saturday/Sunday, September 21st /22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kmart (6865 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117)

§ Tuesday, September 24th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m./4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (1525 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101)

§ Tuesday, September 24th from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Medtronic (125 Cremona Drive, Goleta, CA 93117). Not open to the public, limited to Medtronic employees.

For more information about any of the bone marrow drives, contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 805.884.1883 or via email at anthony.ortizluis@lls.org.

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