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…)