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West Orange Girl in Dire Need of Transplant; Bone Marrow Registry to be Held Feb. 13 at WOHS

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Ten-year-old West Orange resident Veronica DePauli has been waiting for a bone marrow transplant for three years but no match has been found. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the community members between the ages of 18-44 will have the opportunity to register and see if they can help. A unique drive-through event has been scheduled from 10 am - 2 pm to easily register and be tested.


Veronica was diagnosed with a rare condition called Autosomal Dominant Osteopetrosis Type 2. This causes the bones to be abnormally dense and more prone to fractures. The condition can cause symptoms like facial paralysis, anemia, hearing/vision loss, and can ultimately cause bone marrow failure.


The Swab to Save a Life 'Be the Match' Registry Drive is quick and easy. 


The ONLY known cure for her disease is a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. A matching donor can save Veronica's life. If you can't attend, please consider ordering a swab kit by visiting scanning the QR code or texting porveronica to 61474.




Cynthia Cumming
Feb. 8, 2021