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Jersey City Fitness Center Raises Over $12g For 2-year-old Boy With Rare Bone Marrow Failure Disease

"Although his diagnosis has "anemia" in it, he is really suffering from a bone marrow failure disease, which is not the same as being anemic,'' Owen's mother, Kathleen, wrote in an email. "Unlike being anemic, which is typically treated with diet changes and iron supplements, Owen is battling a life-threatening disease.'' For every dollar raised for Owen in the days leading up to the event, the members of Crossfit Jersey City at 109 Christopher Columbus Drive committed to doing one burpee -- a strenuous full-body exercise combining a squat, a push-up and a jump. It took about two arduous hours for the group to collectively do 12,245 burpees, matching the same number of dollars they raised to offset medical expenses for Owen. "(The money we raised) is just a little bit," said Mike Gallant, the owner of Crossfit Jersey City, who was wearing a red T-shirt with "DELETE BLOOD CANCER" printed in white across the front. "We're just happy to visit here contribute." A table was set up at the fitness center for people to register themselves as potential donors in the National Bone Marrow Registry. Diane Burns, Owen's grandmother who lives in Kearny, helped staff the table at the event, helping people fill out forms in the hope that Owen and others like him will soon find their match for a badly needed bone marrow transplant.
Full story: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/11/jersey_city_fitness_center_raises_over_12g_for_2-year-old_anemic_boy.html

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