CORAM - Long Islanders gathered today in Coram in hopes of being a match for a bone marrow transplant that could save the life of a 14-year-old boy.
James Fiore, of Shirley, has hypereosinophilic syndrome which attacks his healthy organs. The boy's mother, Michelle, says because of his illness, which requires constant medical care, he missed about 53 days of school last year alone.
Hypereosinophilic syndrome has no known cure, so the 14-year-old's only hope is a bone marrow transplant. That is why Michelle Fiore organized a bone marrow screening at the Coram Fire Department.
About a dozen people took the simple bone marrow test, which consists of a cheek swab. The samples will be sent to DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow center, which will then try to match the samples with patients in need.
"If it can't help my son, I'm hoping it'll help somebody," Michelle Fiore says.