Three Bay Area synagogues to hold bone marrow drives

Three Bay Area congregations — Beth Sholom and B’nai Emunah of San Francisco, and Beth Shalom of Napa — will sponsor bone marrow donor drives in March. The beneficiary is Ilana Massi, a Southern California resident with family in the Bay Area. Massi has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

The first two drives are set for 10 a.m. March 8, one at Congregation Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., the other at B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St. Both take place during the S.F. synagogues’ Purim carnivals. The Napa drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St.

Volunteers, ages 18 to 44, will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire and undergo a simple cheek swab. The collected DNA information will be sent to the Be the Match National Bone Marrow Registry to search for a possible match for Massi.

For more information, call Mara Bleviss at (707) 315-1470.