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In 2013 Sgt. Mahoney organized a Bone Marrow Drive that many officers signed up for, including Officer Michael Cherwin. This March, Officer Cherwin was contacted by the organization, DKMS*, and informed he was a match for a cancer patient in need of stem cells and bone marrow. He was asked if he would be willing to help and his answer was “Of Course!” Officer Cherwin underwent the donation process which included approximately 30 hours of his own time at the hospital donating stem cells and bone marrow for a complete stranger in the hopes that it would help this person fight their cancer. DKMS worked with Officer Cherwin so he could schedule donations whenever and wherever he needed. Before he began his donation process, he had to have several blood tests, a physical exam and receive injections to increase bone marrow production. When asked if he would do it again, he replied “I would do it again if matched, no hesitation” and added that is because it was for a really good cause and was really worth it.
If you are interested in becoming a stem cell/bone marrow donor, please go to www.dkms.org for more information. Officer Cherwin recommends researching it first (you can visit DKMS’s website) and be committed if chosen.
*DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders