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Help a NJ Mom Find a Stem Cell Match

Drives are being held around the area to find a stem cell donor for a Marlboro mother of three battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Melissa Clifton has never met Shira Klein but something about her story, a mother of three battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma and desperately in need of a stem cell donor, "tugged at (her) heart."

"She is any one of us," said Clifton, an Oceanport mom, in an e-mail to Patch explaining why she is rallying around the effort to find Klein a match for a transplant by organizing a donor drive at her Shrewsbury business, Arch brow +beauty bar.

Potential donors can go to Arch, 782 Broad St., on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. to register as a stem cell donor with a quick swab inside the mouth.

This will be the second transplant for Klein, who lives in Marlboro. The initial procedure used her own stem cells and temporarily paused the disease until a recent recurrence created the need for a donor.

Clifton said that a close friend of hers had a stem cell transplant, which brought Klein's story that much more "close to her heart.

"I can't believe how many young people have lymphoma," she wrote.

Smiles4Shira, organized to find a donor for Klein, is planning to hold drives all over the state, but if you can't make a drive, it's simple to donate at home.

You can request a swab kit from one of the following organizations, and simply mailing back the kit will register you as a national donor:

There, you can also find information about how to host a drive.

"Every day amazing women come through the doors of Arch," said Clifton of her customers. "I know if we come together and we could possibly save Shira and many others in the process."

Follow Shira's story through Smiles4Shira on Facebook, where you can receive updated information about donation drives and more.

Simon Buck Davis September 28, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The issue over the years seems to have changed in structure, it only appears so; it is of the same content; and consequently of the same subject. It is highlighted by the same notion that embryonic stem cell research is unethical. Of the two kinds of stem cells, embryonic stem cells have drawn the most criticism; which is now generally attributed to Stem Cell Research as a whole. The pro-lifers attempt to hold two positions; they claim that they are not against Stem Cell Research per-se; and that they support adult stem cell research, and that their disagreements with advocates arose from embryonic-stem cell research; that which devalues human life. In the course of these arguments; the question surrounding abortion re-surfaces, that is; ‘Are Embryos forms of life?’ Regardless of arguments and classifications that show otherwise, the pro-lifers insist that an embryo is a human-being. The advocates of embryonic stem cell research respond ‘The tiny blastocyst has no human features.’ And that ‘New stem cell-lines already exist due to the common practice of in-vitro fertilization.’ The pro –lifers at this point attack in vitro fertilization by saying ‘it too is unethical.” Circular is the name of such arguments; while people desperately in need of this medical technique die.REF:http://www.newsonhealthcare.com/stem-cell-research-it-must-be-funded-no-it-must-not/
wesdxcvvv October 13, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Anyone know the fee for the kit, or the test? Last time I tried for another event in Hazlet last year, I was turned away because they had reached the prescribed amount of donors that were prepaid, or something like that. I was told to get a home kit that was being sold for $50 if I remember. I never knew these types of drives hold a limit to donors. I also can't afford the fee. Please correct me if these terms don't apply here.
Gerri Daneman October 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM
As far as I know there is NO FEE to get swabbed..it is a simple process !! Takes only time to fill out your information abd the swab is quick,painless and easy! Also you go into a registry to be a match not just for the person the drive is in honor of but for anyone needing a transplant. As a mother of a daughter who fought cancer at 10 years old I ask anyone who is able to do this to please go today and get swabbed! I pray that Shira finds her hero...and it could be one of you.. Thank you Patch for being constant in this reminder how easy it is to help each other.
Amy Byrnes (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Gerri, you're right: It's free and sounds super easy. I'll be there today registering and hope lots of other will be there, too.

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