Floral Park parents hope bone marrow drive finds match for Owen Hogan, suffering from aplastic anemia
A bone marrow drive was held today in an effort to cure a Floral Park boy of a rare form of cancer.
At just 2-and-a-half years old, Owen Hogan is fighting for his life. His family says that about six months ago, they began to notice bruises on his body. He was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a disease that causes his immune system to attack stem cells in his bone marrow.
Every treatment he has had so far has failed to help. The Hogans says that finding a perfect bone marrow match who can provide a transplant is Owen's only chance of surviving.
Officials from the Delete Blood Center say it's easy to become a bone marrow donor. It involves some simple paperwork and a cheek swab, which all takes less than five minutes, and it could be life-saving.