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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: SOMETIMES WE GET IT RIGHT
From Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:00 am to Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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Too often we have to report bad news.

I would like to take a moment to pass some good news along.

A few months ago we were contacted by Trish Chelsen informing us that her husband Roy a firefighter who worked at Ground Zero was looking for a bone marrow transplant as he had developed

We did our best to get the word out about the drives that were being run.

With the help of Miranda McAuliffe we had a very successful drive on Staten Island and collected 108 pints of blood 125 people also took a DNA test to get into the bone marrow registry. A special thank you to the Atlas Foundation for funding the bone marrow drive.

Well we received an e-mail from Trish today informing us that they were notified that a match was found.

Even though the match did not come from the Staten Island drive there are now 125 new people in the registry and Roy got his match.

Thatís what itís all about.

We are going to continue to work closely with Miranda and develop plans to increase donations on Staten Island as reserves are at an all time low.

We are also going to try to coordinate at least one bone marrow drive a year and will be looking for community support.

The night of the blood drive we got a call from Detective Rice of the 123 Precinct as a few homes on Staten Island were badly tagged.

We sent out an e-mail late Saturday night and five volunteers showed up at 8:00 am on Sunday and we removed the graffiti.

We had a major cleanup scheduled with St. Johns but had to cancel due to the weather but we had over 50 volunteers scheduled to help with the cleanup.

We are going to reschedule for next Saturday and hope that we will have the same number of volunteers.

This is what it is all about.

People reaching out to help other people.

For every bad story we hear and unfortunately we hear too many there are hundreds like the ones above.

The beach cleanups, the collections for our soldiers, and the work of Project Hospitality the list goes on and on.

I have worked with people from all over the country and I can honestly say that the outreach in other places does not come close to what we have on Staten Island.

Makes me proud to be a Staten Islander.


P.S. We will be doing a clean up Sunday morning at 9:00 AM at 59 Alyssa Court off Bloomingdale and will be doing other smaller cleanups including a Synagogue on Bradley Ave to get it cleaned before the holidays. You are all welcome.

P.S.S. Letters went out to all of our local schools asking for SPOCS to help share information and letters will also be going out for the Snow Shoveling for Seniors program,
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