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BONE MARROW DONORS SOUGHT.

Byline: Patrick McGreevy Daily News Staff Writer

LAPD Chief Willie Williams and California Angels batting coach Rod Carew called Tuesday for the public to participate in a bone marrow donor drive to save the lives of a North Hollywood police lieutenant's two grandchildren and the Hall of Famer's daughter.

The Red Cross will draw blood samples from potential donors at four events, beginning today from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Van Nuys State Building, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd.

"There is a dearth of volunteers to come forward and be tested for bone marrow donors," Williams said during a news conference in front of Parker Center also attended by police commissioners and City Councilwoman Laura Chick.

LAPD Lt. Ron LaRue, who works at the North Hollywood Division, asked for people to come forward to help his two grandsons, 6-month-old Blayke LaRue and 3-year-old Garrett, who live with their parents in Oxnard.

Both boys have been diagnosed as having a rare immune system disorder, XLP, which caused the death of their brother, 13-month-old Layne LaRue, last June.

"We are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from our friends and neighbors, who have put forth a gargantuan effort to save my grandchildren," Ron LaRue said, adding that bone marrow donations could prolong the life of his grandchildren.

Carew also asked the public to help find a bone marrow donor for his 18-year-old daughter, Michelle, who is suffering from acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.

"It is my most fervent hope that a donor will become available, so that my little girl can experience the joys of life," Carew said.

Blood drawn from potential donors will help determine if they match the three young people needing marrow transplants.

The Red Cross will file all of the blood typings with its Marrow Registry Program. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and be in good health.

In addition to today's testing in Van Nuys, the Red Cross will hold three other testing days; Jan. 12 at the Crenshaw Mall Community Room from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan. 18 at Parker Center police headquarters from 7:30 a.m. to noon; and Jan. 19 at the LAPD's Recruit Training Center at 5651 Manchester Avenue from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deputy Chief Dave Gascon also asked for people to donate money to pay for the cost of the blood tests. Financial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross/Marrow Registry Program, c/o "LaRue Boys," 1130 S. Vermont Ave.

Meanwhile, Chick won council approval Tuesday for a motion allowing city employees to participate in the four marrow drives on city time.
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