Blood Drive and Marrow Registration Drive on April 6th

On Tuesday April 6th, the New York Blood Center and The City College of New York will hold a Blood Drive and Marrow Registration Drive for Emil Temple, a college student from the Bronx suffering from a rare but serious form of bone marrow failure. 

Countless blood and platelet transfusions are giving Emil a fighting chance until he finds a match. Please join in the efforts to help save Emil!

Blood and Marrow Drive
Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
The City College of New York
North Academic Center Ballroom
160 Convent Avenue, NYC
10 AM – 4 PM

To sign up, go to and search sponsor code 02844 or call New York Blood Center at 1-800-933-2566.
Walk-ins will be allowed if the schedule and room capacity permits.

image of young man in hospital accompanied by medical care worker

About Emil: in September 2020 he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a life-threatening condition where bone marrow stops producing enough new blood cells. He is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant to survive.

Being half Dominican and half Panamanian makes finding a donor challenging. Emil has no matched siblings, and his mom is only a half match. Patients are most likely to match someone who shares their ethnic background.

To donate blood you must bring photo ID, NYBC donor card or donor ID # if you have one.

Face covering is required before entering the building.

Eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating. For eligibility information visit

Do not donate if you have:

  • a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing)
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 14 days after your illness has resolved
  • NOTE: close contact is defined by CDC as being within 6 feet of an infected individual for a prolonged period of time

NY Blood Center does not test for COVID-19. Please contact your health care provider if you want to be tested.

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