Jennifer Jones Austin of Brooklyn, NY was diagnosed with leukemia at age 41. This wife and mother of two children, ages 12 and 7, was in immediate need of a bone marrow transplant. Within months Jennifer, her husband, family & loved ones joined forces with The Icla Da Silva Foundation and set up bone marrow drives in several states recruiting more than 13,000 mostly minority donors in that time period.
Jennifer received a partially matched transplant from umbilical cord blood of February 24th, 2010 and was able to return to her work in the community a year later. Together their efforts have produced several matches for other patients.