Sebastian to Host Bone Marrow Drive on July 16

Posted on June 29, 2016
Quincy Pondexter

For 70 years Sebastian has been dedicated to giving back to the communities in which its employees live and work. Now, one of our own employees is in need and we are here to help.

Marcus Cato, son of Sebastian’s Vice President, Ron Cato, was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, just three months shy of his 21st birthday. He is currently at UCSF where he is undergoing treatment and preparing for a bone marrow transplant.

How Can You Help?

As they say, when things get tough, the tough get going. And that’s what we are doing. On Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will be hosting a bone marrow donor drive in the parking lot of our Fresno office located at 7600 N. Palm Ave.

Registering to become a donor is quick and painless. A simple cotton swab of your cheek is all it takes. Can’t make it on July 16? Not a problem. You can register to become a donor online and have a swab kit sent to your home.

Every three minutes an American is diagnosed with blood cancer. Your registration can literally save a life.

About the Bone Marrow Drive at Sebastian

The Cato family and Sebastian quite simply want to pay it forward. Only 30 percent of blood cancer patients find a match within the family and 6 out of 10 patients don’t ever find a match. We want to build the database to increase those odds.

Our bone marrow drive is a celebration of life and that means we must have food and bounce houses. You can’t have a party without food, right?

We will have a few local food vendors on site selling their delicious food. Our awesome employees will also be on-hand to grill and sell tri-tip sandwiches for $5. Proceeds from this event will be donated back to DKMS, an international nonprofit that is working with the Cato family and has registered more than 6 million bone marrow donors worldwide.

About Marcus Cato

Marcus, a Fresno native, graduated from Clovis North High School and is currently a student at Fresno City College. He has found an overwhelming amount of support from friends, family and community members.

A die-hard Dodgers fan, Marcus was overwhelmed with gratitude when the San Francisco Giants sent him an autographed Dodgers jersey. The note said that both teams were wishing him well.

Quincy Pondexter, small forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, recently visited him in the hospital to share support and encouragement.

Now it’s our turn. We look forward to seeing you on July 16!

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