Matt Fenster Needs A Bone Marrow Donor

Featured Article — By on June 3, 2010 at 5:00 am

A Personal Message from Matt

I was diagnosed with leukemia on April 23, 2010, not long ago. Until that day, I never would have guessed that I had cancer. Since then, my family’s world has been turned upside down. Overnight, we went from the normal family down the block whose biggest concern was getting all the kids dressed, fed, and into the car in time for school, to a family fighting this potentially fatal disease. We have been sustained through all of this with the overwhelming support of our family, friends and community.

Those people have not only taken it upon themselves to bring us meals, make playdates for our kids, and coordinate visits, but they have now made it their mission to help me beat this disease by finding me a donor who will provide the bone marrow that I will need to survive. I have full confidence in them, and know that they will find that person out there who will save me, and in the process, help to keep intact my family, including my wife, my daughter (8 years old), and my three sons (6, 4, and 2 years old).

My family and I would deeply appreciate your joining my donor circle and contributing funds to offset the cost of testing. And if you are able to register with the Gift of LIfe as a potential marrow donor, better yet.

Thank you,

Matthew, Jennifer, Leah, Yonah, Ari, and Elie Fenster

Matt Fenster is a father of four young children, a husband, a son, and a brother. He is a friend to many. He has worked endlessly to help his community in Riverdale, NY and beyond. Now he needs your help. Matt was diagnosed with AML – Acute Myelogenous Leukemia – in April 2010. He now needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life and we are desperately searching for a marrow match for Matt.

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The Gift of Life Foundation’s registration requires a simple cheek swab. You can also make a contribution to the Matt Fenster Donor Circle.

Funds collected from the Donor Circle will enable the processing of the donor kits. Each donor kit costs $54 to process. The more kits collected and paid for the better chance we will have of finding a bone marrow match for Matt. More information about this effort including how to make a contribution can be found at Visit: and share your comments and opinions below with the community.

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