Brophy Elementary School library aide Terry Levin, recently diagnosed with acute myelogenic leukemia, is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Acute myelogenic leukemia is cancer of the blood and bone marrow, according to the National cancer Institute.
Levin, 60, will be undergoing chemotherapy over the next few weeks and then will need a transplant. At this time, she does not have a bone marrow match.
Two drives have been scheduled:
- Sunday Feb. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temple Israel (Social Hall), 145 Hartford St. in Natick
- Monday, Feb. 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Brophy Elementary
"If you are willing to volunteer to see if you are a match, please attend one of the drives. It is my understanding that the test is simply a cheek swab to see if you are a match," wrote Brophy Principal Frank Rothwell in an email to the school community.
For a dozen years, Levin has been working at Brophy elementary. Levin is also a grade 3 religious teacher at Temple Beth Am religious school.
She and her husband David, a bus driver, have lived in Framingham for almost 4 decades. The Levins have three sons, two of whom are married, have three grandchildren, including the youngest born just last month.
If you are interested in being tested, there are a few rules:
- Must be between the ages of 18-60
- Be willing to donate to any patient in need
- Not have a prohibited medical issue. List of medical restrictions available here
- Please bring your insurance card to the drive
You can pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 800-283-8385, ext. 720.