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Bone marrow drive and more Saturday in honor of Geddes teen

Carter-Kinney said her son Matthew, 14, and Andrew have been friends since the first grade and have played together in the Geddes Little League. She and Witkin and the other moms had all gotten to know each other while sitting watching the games.

"I know these ladies because all our sons play on the same baseball team," Witkin said. "We sit on the sidelines and talk about everything. They knew Andrew was struggling. They know what we've been through."

But until last fall, Carter-Kinney said, if they hadn't known Andrew was sick, they couldn't have guessed.

"He is a happy-go-lucky kid and has taken everything in stride," Carter-Kinney said. Then Andrew started missing school and even baseball games. "Andrew would never miss a game. We knew something was really wrong," she added.

When word got out that Andrew's health had declined, the baseball moms sprung into action.

"Chris [Dwyer] just turned to me and said, 'can't we do something?'" Carter-Kinney remembered.

Soon after, Carter-Kinney, Dwyer, Witkin, and Tori Albright, Eileen Nealon and Nancy Carter established the Geddes Baseball Moms Committee, which Andrew calls the "A-Team."

Their main purpose has been to organize the drive and raise awareness of the need, Carter-Kinney said.

A serious commitment

Witkin said she and her husband, Jerome, have both been registered as donors since Andrew was a child, and they certainly hope more people will be inspired to register to donate.

But if someone is only casually interested in the idea, there are other ways to support the cause. The Aug. 22 event will also feature raffles, entertainment and a bake sale - and monetary donations are always welcome.

Witkin said that people should really be aware of all the details before registering to donate, and know that if they are not comfortable donating, it's OK.

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