A borough police officer is working to help a little girl who has been hospitalized with cancer since January.
Briana Lopez has a rare form of cancer. She is a sixth-grader at School No. 3. To help her, Detective Nick Mircovich and Melissa Cuello, an administrative assistant with the Fort Lee, N.J. Police Department, are organizing a Zumbathon fundraiser next month called Arresting Cancer to help Lopez and her family.
The Zumbathon will be at the Jack Alter Community Center May 22 from noon to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.
Briana suffers from acute myeloid leukemia and requires a bone marrow transplant. She has been in Hackensack University Medical Center for weeks now and needs a marrow donor desperately since Chemotherapy by itself won’t cure Briana.
All it takes is a 30-second swab of your cheek to see if you’re a potentially life-saving match. Doctors say Briana’s case highlights another issue, that there simply aren’t enough minorities who register to become bone marrow donors. “She’s much more likely to match somebody from her own community, from her own ethnic background,” Dr. Alfred Gillio said.