02/15/15 10:00am
02/15/2015 10:00 AM

Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday's event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday’s event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Joseph Latini knows the odds aren’t in his dad’s favor.

Diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma late last summer, his 63-year-old father, also Joseph Latini, underwent two rounds of chemotherapy — only to then find out there were no matches for him among the 18 million potential bone marrow donors on the national registry.

Without a donor, the elder Mr. Latini’s chances of survival are low.

The Latini family set out to better the odds, however narrowly, with a series of donor drives throughout Long Island.

“My father and I are both in the same business; we’re in the banking industry,” the younger Mr. Latini said. “We understand the math. If he didn’t match 18 million, what am I going to swab a few thousand?

“But I have to try. So here we are.” (more…)