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Lawmakers call for more bone marrow donors


Courtesy of Assemblyman Marc Berman’s Office
Assemblyman Marc Berman, center, shows off a Bone Marrow Donation Awareness month flier with assistance from resolution inspiration Norah Gratz-Lazarus, right, and her brother, Ellis.

The California State Assembly adopted Assembly Concurrent Resolution 70 May 6, designating May 2019 as Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Month across the state.

“Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer or other blood disorder,” said District 24 Assemblyman Marc Berman in a statement. “Patients in need of a bone marrow transplant rely on the selfless commitment of strangers for a cure. I joined the registry, and I hope many more Californians will join me in taking this essential step to save lives.”

ACR70 was inspired by Norah Gratz-Lazarus, a 5-year-old diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, a rare gene disorder. Without a bone marrow donor, Norah has more than a 90 percent risk of developing leukemia or other serious bone marrow diseases.

To become a donor, visit bethematch.org.

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