Blood and Bone Marrow Drive Dedicated to Winterport Man 

The American Red Cross is running a local blood and bone marrow drive right now.It’s dedicated to people like Peter DeGenarro of Winterport, who was diagnosed with leukemia last month.”There’s nothing that he did that caused it, and nothing that he could do to prevent it,” his mom says. 27-year-old Peter has been in the hospital for the last 34 days.”He’s doing well, he’s surviving. He’s fighting tough and his counts are coming up all the time,” says his mother, Rose, known to many from Rosie’s Diner in Winterport. She says they have the American Red Cross to thank for that.”He’s been receiving a lot of blood and a lot of frozen plasma, and platelets…if it wasn’t for that, Peter wouldn’t be here,” Rose says.The Red Cross Blood Donor Center in Bangor is running a blood drive dedicated to Peter right now.They’re also signing people up for the national bone marrow registry, offering a quick test to see if you’re a match to donate bone marrow to someone in need.”These people have had a second chance at life. It’s an amazing process,” says Paul Greenier, of the Maine Leukemia Foundation.Tuesday, people were lining up to help. “Everybody has stepped up to the plate for us and it’s made a huge difference in how we’ve all been able to cope,” says Peter’s sister, Kayla.Peter’s family encourages everyone who can donate blood or be tested for the bone marrow registry to come out and do that. And they want to say thank you for all the support people have shown them.”You’re dealing with so much when you see you child like that,” Rose says, “and just to know that people are pulling together for you just gives you the strength to go on.”The blood and bone marrow drive continues Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Donor Center on Hammond Street in Bangor. Texas Roadhouse will provide food.On Thursday, the blood drive continues, with a pancake breakfast starting at 8 a.m.You can call the donor center at 941-2900 if you have questions.