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NO. R-135. JOINT RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE STAFF OF THE SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT OF THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE FOR COORDINATING THE OPERATION OF THE NEW ENGLAND MARROW DONOR PROGRAM'S "DELIVER THE GIFT OF LIFE CAMPAIGN".

(J.R.H. 107)

Offered by: Representative Jordan of Middlesex.

Whereas, in 1968, physicians successfully performed the first bone marrow transplant and blazed a new treatment path for the cure of leukemia, aplastic anemia and other life threatening blood diseases, and

Whereas, while the medical knowledge to perform bone marrow transplants has saved many lives, each potential recipient must be individually matched with a comparable donor, and

Whereas, the United States Postal Service's Springfield District, which includes western Massachusetts and the entire state of Vermont, has generously volunteered to organize and run "Deliver the Gift of Life Campaign" in cooperation with the New England Marrow Donor Program and the Human Leukocyte Antigens Registry, and

Whereas, the Postal Service's coordinator for this lifesaving registration program is Domenic V. Battista, the Springfield District's contracting officer and purchasing specialist, whose young daughter Katelyn was a bone marrow transplant recipient in her unsuccessful battle against leukemia, and

Whereas, under his direction, bone marrow registration drives, which include taking a small sample of a potential donor's blood, have been held at post offices throughout Vermont, including Bennington, Bradford, Dorset, Groton, Manchester, Montpelier, Newport, Springfield, St. Albans,

St. Johnsbury and White River Junction, and

Whereas, the United States Postal Service's Springfield District is generously assuming the laboratory fees for each donor, and

Whereas, potentially many lives will be saved due to the willingness of Vermonters to be bone marrow donors, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends the staff of the Springfield District of the United States Postal Service, the employees at all the Vermont post offices who have participated in this project and, in particular, Domenic V. Battista for their generosity in assisting in the important effort to recruit potential future bone marrow donors, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the U.S. Postmasters or Postmistresses in Bennington, Bradford, Dorset, Groton, Manchester, Montpelier, Newport, Springfield,

St. Albans, St. Johnsbury and White River Junction, to Dominic V. Battista at the Springfield, Massachusetts Post Office and to the U.S. Postmaster General in Washington, D.C.