Framingham High student Kristie Vazquez died Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24 of leukemia.
Vazquez, an active member of her youth group at St. Stephen's Church, was diagnosed Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in November 2010, after discovering a lump on her neck in October. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
Kristie, 15, is survived by her mom Haydee, who works at Brandeis University in Waltham, her dad Orlando, who works at Covidien, and younger siblings Danny, a student at Walsh Middle, and Kimberly, at student at Framingham High.
Haydee and Orlando greeted every indivudual who offered to be tested as a match for Kristie at the bone marrow drive in Framingham. A second drive was held in Waltham.
"This is an impressive turnout," said Christopher Mulcahy, a spokesperson with the National Marrow Donor Program at the Framingham drive. "It has been non-stop since we started. It is a phenomenal turnout. I wish all our drives had this many people come out."
Kristie was the president of the Parish's Joan of Arc Junior Catholic Daughters of America organization at St. Stephen's Church.