Joey is fighting cancer for the 2nd time in his short life and needs your help. Find out how you can be apart of his fight.

A bone marrow drive is being organized in honor of 11-year-old Joey Caretti with the goal of expanding the base of the national bone marrow registry while simultaneously attempting to find a donor with a close genetic match to Joey. The drive takes place Dec. 19, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Morgan Elementary School, 53800 Mound Road in Shelby Township.

Caretti battled and beat a very rare brain cancer during the past 19 months. On Nov. 11, he rang a bell to symbolize the end of chemotherapy as his family cheered.

A few weeks later, he became weaker and very tired. Testing and a biopsy showed he has a second cancer – leukemia.

Caretti now faces more chemotherapy and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

To register as a bone marrow donor, the procedure is quick and painless, involving a simple inner cheek swabbing and some paperwork. Testing is limited to people ages 18-60 who are in good health. There is a suggested donation of $10.

If you do not meet the age or health requirements, or wish to give in a different way, a monetary gift helps defray the estimated cost of $100 per person to process the possible donors for the national registry.

Visit Caretti’s Be the Match page at to donate, and to

learn how to join the registry if you cannot attend and what happens if you are a match.

Getting tested at the bone marrow drive and joining the national registry increase the chances of finding of a match for Caretti and other cancer patients seeking a match to live.

For more information about the drive, contact Kona Kenny at 616-233-8516 or



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