Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Italian American NYPD Officer In Need Of A Bone Marrow Donor-- SEEKING SICILIAN DESCENT.

Dear Readers:

Please read this important message I received from one of our great readers.

Attention all Italian American groups and citizens, we have an extremely important time sensitive MISSION!

Our dear friend, Sgt. Michael Costanza of the MTA police has been diagnosed with Leukemia; he is a young man, only 34 years of age with a wife and two young children.

Sgt. Costanza needs to find a compatible bone marrow donor. Both of his siblings have already been tested but unfortunately they are not a match. He and his family need our help. We need to get the word out to the Italian American community, especially the Sicilian community since he is of Sicilian descent; if you are from the same region, there is a slightly better chance of being a match. We need to get as many people tested as we can to find a donor; we have less than 6 months to find a match.

Sgt. Costanza at that time a member in the NYPD is one of the many selfless individuals that spent months at Ground Zero immediately after the September 11th terrorist attacks helping sort through the rubble for survivors and aide in the clean up process as well. Now it’s our turn to return the favor and be his family’s hero. Please come to Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal on:

Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 11Am to 6PM

Please partake in a simple, non painful check swab (saliva test).

The National Council of Columbia Associations of Civil Service, Brooklyn Staten Island 10 13, NYPD, MTAPD, and Columbus Citizens Foundation are reaching out to all of our friends and family in hope that we will be able to find a match for Sgt. Costanza.

Please pass this on to anyone that you know and let’s show what we already know, that the Italian American community can come together for a good cause and let’s make a miracle happen.

The PBA will be sponsoring the bone marrow recruitment drive for persons that can not afford the test, however it is only $26.00

Thank you.

Contact: www.mtapba.com


La Lubu said...

What part of Sicily does Sgt. Costanza's family come from? My people are from Villarosa (near Enna); I can't travel to NYC (I'm a single mother who lives in Illinois) but I would be willing to get tested if there was a way I could do so without traveling.

Italian American Girl said...

Thank you for the comment, I just added a link to the post where you can find more information.

Thanks again,