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Blues Jam to benefit local kids

March 09, 2001

Blues Jam to benefit local kids



Jeffrey Britton of Smithsburg is coordinating Blues Jam, a benefit for Kacie Fath and Ethan Morningstar.

"Anybody who has kids can relate," he says.

When: Sunday, March 18, 2 to 10 p.m.

Where: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

Performers include: Stephen Britton and Friends; The Backroads Band; The Rhythm Kings; The Push; Rudy and the Bluefish; The Blue Comets; 2 Blue Ensemble; Duffy Kane

'Share Life'


People who attend the Blues Jam will have a chance to "share life." They can have blood drawn to be tested for eligibility to be potential volunteer bone marrow donors.

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Linda Henesy, parish nurse at Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Williamsport and associate professor of nursing at Hagerstown Community College, is coordinating the testing with Angela DeVaux of the American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region in Baltimore. DeVaux has arranged for a reduced fee for the testing - $21 instead of more than $80, made possible by Red Cross' coordination with The Marrow Foundation.

Tom and Cheryl Frame, Ethan's maternal grandparents, have offered to pay for up to $500 of test fees for those who cannot afford the $21 cost but are interested in becoming potential donors.

The National Marrow Donation Program maintains a computerized registry of unrelated potential volunteer marrow donors. Although those tested at the Blues Jam will not directly benefit Ethan or Kacie, they may help others who need bone marrow transplants.

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