BY JAIME DEJESUS
A simple swab can save a life. That is the message and goal for March 19 at P.S. 102, when “Swab for Dom” will take place.
The event is a Bone Marrow Drive held in honor of 60-year-old Dominick LoCascio, who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April, 2013. Principal Corelia Sichenze welcomed the noble event to be hosted at the school, located on 211 72nd Street.
LoCascio, who is a Dyker Heights resident, business owner, husband, father of three and grandfather, remains both optimistic and selfless in the search for a cure.
“Dominick takes this very personally. Not only is he afflicted by Multiple Myeloma, but he has experienced the suffering of others affected by the disease and other blood cancers,” said Dominick’s son, Steven. Unfortunately, members of Dominick’s family are not bone marrow matches.
The drive was conceived by Community Board 10 member and Bay Ridgeite June Johnson, who lost her son Mathiew due to a sudden heart attack. He was just in his 40s at the time of his death. A blood drive is being held during the same benefit.
“The event is organized by June to commemorate her son’s passing and she is hoping to receive donations to help others in the future who would need blood and marrow,” said Steven.
“We’re trying to kick cancer to the curb,” said Penney Santo, a close friend of Dominick, who has spent a lot of time spreading the word about the benefit. ““Once you choose hope, anything is possible. Be a hero and swab for a life.”
Only a cheek swab is needed during the drive. Free snacks and drinks will be provided, along with various raffles.
Those who wish to participate must be 18-45 years old. The drive is from 2-7 p.m.For more information, visit www.ps102.org.