This Sunday, at the Salute to Israel parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, participants and spectators will be able to do more than show their support for Israel; they could potentially save a life. A group of volunteers will be at the parade recruiting potential donors for a young father and other victims of leukemia in need of bone marrow transplants.
The donor recruitment drive is being organized by friends of Matt Fenster, a 35-year-old father of four children under the age of 8 and an active member of the Jewish community in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Fenster, who was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia last month, needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. With the support of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, two bone marrow donor recruitment drives will be held at sites near the Israel Parade: one at Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street, from noon to 5 p.m., and the other at the post-parade concert venue, Central Park Summer Stage — Rumsey Playfield, from noon to 7 p.m.