The Broadway community recently rallied to find bone-marrow matches for Queens native Tavarez in two midtown blood drives, but a match was not found. A search continues. The Daily News reported the umbilical cord story on Aug. 13. Umbilical cord blood from an anonymous donor will be used; it's an alternative to bone marrow for treating leukemia, the paper reported.
Bone marrow drives for Tavarez continue. Potential donors get a simple saliva swab and results are put into a wide database that may lead to helping others stricken with cancer.
For more about Tavarez's battle with cancer, visit matchshannon.com.