You could be a marrow match

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Benjamin Gulizia-Cowing, 13-year-old nephew of Lee Kantz and Rebekah Cowing of Oak Park, is in a fight for his life. Ben was diagnosed with leukemia this past summer, and has not gone into remission following his first round of chemotherapy, unlike 95% of children with his kind of leukemia. Doctors have determined he will need a bone marrow transplant, but no matches have been found to date on the registry.

Be the Match allows donors between 18 and 44 years old to undergo a simple swab of the inside of your cheek to get your information added to the international registry. Donors who are chosen need to go through an outpatient procedure, and their bone marrow cells replace themselves within 4-6 weeks. For more information, visit

Oct. 27 is also the date of the the Hausman Brunch, 9 to 11:30 a.m., organized by Oak Park Temple. Harriet Hausman has kindly agreed to have all donations from the brunch go to The Cowing and Kantz families are very grateful for the support we've received from the Oak Park Temple community, and we hope you can join us for this special donor event.

You might save Ben's life or the life of another person anywhere in the world.

Rebekah Cowing

Oak Park


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Rebekah Cowing from Oak Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 6:17 PM

We are hosting a bone marrow registry drive on Sunday, Oct. 27th at Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem from 9 to 11:30 am. This information was left out by mistake! Please attend!

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