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Motorcylists rev up marrow donors.

Byline: Carla Charter

PHILLIPSTON - Abigail L. Floyd is your typical 4-year-old girl. She loves anything involving princesses, coloring and playing with her 5-year-old brother, Preston.

Thanks to a bone marrow donation when she was 1 year old, Abigail, who suffered from acute monoblastic leukemia, is able to do all of this and more.

"She is a real spitfire," said her mother, Jaime L. Floyd. "She is full of energy."

In her honor, the third annual Motorcycle Run for Abigail Floyd will be held July 29. The run will highlight bone marrow registry and the need for more bone marrow donors. Riders pay $20 to join the run, with the monies being donated to the American Cancer Society's Bone Marrow Awareness program.

The run begins at Captain's Lounge on the Lake Whalom Waterfront in Lunenburg and will end at Brickyards Billiards in Baldwinville with a full buffet, door prizes and raffles.

Ms. Floyd said people wishing to become bone marrow donors can do so by a simple mouth swab, which can now be done at the labs at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

The bone marrow is then matched against a list to see if there is a match. If there is donation of the marrow, Ms. Floyd said, it is a simple one-day procedure. "You are in and out on one day. Without what this person did, Abigail would have died, without that perfect match. Abby Perdok saved her life."

Ms. Floyd continued, "On your license you can choose to become an organ donor if you die. This is something a person can do while they are alive. It doesn't take anything away from them except a little bone marrow, which will regenerate itself."

Abigail's donor, Abby Perdok, came from Michigan and has participated in the motorcycle run for the last two years. She is unable to this year because she is pregnant. Ms. Perdok has also joined Abigail's team in the annual Relay for Life event in Gardner each year.

"Abigail was a flower girl in Abby's wedding," her mother said.

Those wishing to register for the motorcycle run my contact Ms. Floyd at (978) 895-0550.
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Date:Jul 26, 2007
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