During his ongoing battle with leukemia Behemoth frontman Nergal has been urging awareness for bone marrow donation. It appears at least a few fans have heard the call and have organized bone marrow drives in the US. Metalsucks.net has helped lead the charge by organizing a drive in the NYC area, as well as reporting on others in the Los Angeles area and Stamford, Connecticut.
For information on each of the drives click here.
NYC Area drive:
Wednesday, October 20 at Club Europa in Brooklyn as part of the Metalsucks/Metal Injection/1000 Knives CMJ showcase. It will be administered by The Icla da Silva Foundation, Inc., and the table will be set up near the merch area. Participants will be asked to fill out a form detailing some of their medical history, and then a swab will be taken from inside the cheek to determine whether or not they are an eligible donor. There will also be educational pamphlets available for concert goers who want to learn more. And, of course, performances by A Life Once Lost, Car Bomb, This or The Apocalypse, Baptized in Blood, and Last Chance to Reason.
LA Area drive:
Sunday, October 17 at Dark Realm Records in Downey, California from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is a completely free event that will be administered by Be the Match. Again, participants will be asked to fill out some paperwork, and a swab will be taken from inside the cheek. You can get additional details here.
Stamford, Connecticut Metal for Marrow drive:
Sunday, November 14 at Fritz’s Cycle Haus from noon to 4 or possibly 5 p.m., depending on the turnout. This event will also be administered by Be the Match, and was organized by Steven Kolenberg, a high-school senior. Additional details of this drive will be forthcoming; in the meantime, Kolenberg urges people to register to be a donor online if you can’t attend in person.
LA Area Walk/Fundraising event:
The event is being organized by the “Conquer All” team, through “Light the Night” organisation. The Leukemia/Lymphoma walk will take place on November 6th at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, CA. Moreover, the same team organizes yet another event – they will be setting a tables for Oct 14th, 15th, and 16th Immolation shows in the Los Angeles area. These tables will be set up so people can either donate to the walk or sign up to walk. You can visit the team website here.