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Bone marrow drive held for Suffield man

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Jim Taravella was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February. Jim Taravella was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in February.
BeTheMatch was on hand to help with the drive. BeTheMatch was on hand to help with the drive.
People came to a bone marrow drive for Jim Taravella on Good Friday. People came to a bone marrow drive for Jim Taravella on Good Friday.
Dozens turned out for the bone marrow registry drive for Jim Taravella on Friday. Dozens turned out for the bone marrow registry drive for Jim Taravella on Friday.
SUFFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Suffield community came together on Friday for a bone marrow drive to help one of their own that was involved in town athletics.

Jim Taravella is a well-known youth sports coach in Suffield.

In February, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After undergoing chemo treatments, it was determined he would need a bone marrow transplant in the coming months.

The community responded by holding a bone marrow registry drive at the McAlister Intermediate School in Suffield. The event, which is sponsored by BetheMatch.org, runs until 7 p.m.

The ideal candidates, who were between the ages of 18 and 44, were advised to perform a cheek swab at the drive.

If you cannot make the event or over the age requirement, click here.  

For more information on BetheMatch.org, click here.

To follow Taravella's journey, click here

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