Newport Jazz, Folk Festivals Help Register Marrow Donors
When Jazz great Michael Brecker was battling leukemia seven years ago, the Rhode Island Blood Center and the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals began a relationship that has registered nearly 750 individuals for the Be The Match marrow registration program, a relationship that continues this year at the Folk Festival on July 25, 26 and 27, and Jazz Festival on August 1, 2 and 3.
Brecker, a 15-time Grammy winner and legendary saxophonist, was unable to find a marrow match and passed away in 2007.
Brecker’s passing has continued to inspire festival organizers and the Rhode Island Blood Center to use the festivals as a way of increasing the number of individuals on the Be The Match Registry.
Adding people to the registry means greater opportunities of finding a suitable marrow match for leukemia and other patients.
Last year (August 6, 2013) another jazz legend, keyboardist George Duke, also passed away from leukemia.
The folk festival is sold out, but tickets remain for the Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a stunning lineup.
For more information about the festivals, visit Newport Jazz Festival or Newport Folk Fest.
While you are there, be sure to visit the Rhode Island Blood Center’s Be The Match tent to register for the marrow program, and participate in the Blood Center’s photo booth.