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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Help Fighter Jimmy Martinez Fight Bone Marrow Disease

Saturday, March 15th at Liberty Harley Davidson, 12 W. Milton Ave., Rahway, NJ 07055 from 10am – 5pm. Help Firefighter Jimmy Martinez – Register as a bone marrow donor.

FF Jimmy Martinez, 24 year veteran of the FDNY, is assigned to engine 157 in Staten Island. Jimmy was a 9/11 and Super Storm Sandy first responder and he is also the proud father of 3 children and has 1 grandchild. Jimmy was diagnosed with Multiple myeloma in June and he’s undergone 5 separate rounds of intense chemo therapy. There hasn’t been much progress and he’s now in need of a stem cell transplant but must find a bone marrow match first.

Jimmy selflessly responded to Ground Zero on 9/11 and spent countless days thereafter for the rescue and recovery effort. During that time he went back to his old firehouse, engine 230 to help get the firehouse back on its feet after their loss of 6 members on that tragic day. Years later, Jimmy showed that same courage and dedication on the night of Hurricane Sandy, pushing through heavy winds and neck deep water to evacuate people from their flooded

homes. Just like everything else put in front of him, Jimmy is looking to overcome his disease but needs your help.There is a chance that you are Jimmy’s bone marrow match. For anyone between the ages of 18-55 who is interested, all it takes is a simple cheek swab to join the national bone marrow registry. It may only take you 3-5 minutes to join the registry, but for patients like Jimmy it could end up meaning a lifetime.

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