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Family, Friends Call On Fort Lee Community To Save Cancer Patient, 11

Briana Lopez
Briana Lopez Photo Credit: GoFundMe
Rachel Ventrella
Rachel Ventrella Photo Credit: Rachel Ventrella

FORT LEE, N.J. — Family and friends are calling on the Fort Lee community to help save an 11-year old girl's life.

Briana Lopez, a 6th grader at School No. 3 in Fort Lee, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on January 14.

She has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy and will need a bone marrow transplant to help beat the cancer. Lopez' family has organized a bone marrow drive at Fort Lee Recreation Center on Saturday, March 12 from 2 to 6 p.m.

“We need as many people as possible to show up and register,” said Lopez' mother Yanine. “The more people who register for the drive, the better our chances of finding a match for Briana, and also for anyone else who is currently waiting for a donor. This really could be a chance to help save someone’s life.”

Lopez' former tutor and School No. 4 Third Grade Teacher Rachel Ventrella is also organizing a fundraiser dinner for Lopez on April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Lee Recreation Dinner.

The event will feature dinner, dessert, music, tricky tray raffles and a 50/50.

"Briana is an exceptionally fun loving, caring, and kind-hearted person who would bend over backward for anybody," said Ventrella, who has known Lopez since she was 5-years old. "We need to come together as a community to help this child."

A GoFundMe campaign for Lopez has raised more than $16,000 for Lopez and her family ias of Tuesday evening.

CLICK HERE for more information on the bone marrow drive and CLICK HERE for more on the fundraiser.

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