DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Forest City Ratner is hosting a bone marrow drive for the security chief at Barclays Center, an ex-cop with a rare form of blood cancer, the company said.
Steve Bonano, a retired NYPD chief, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant, the company said.
And Forest City Ratner is leading efforts to find a match for the ex-cop who worked for weeks at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Bonano's cancer is believed to be 9/11-related.
“Chief Steve Bonano served this City with the NYPD for many years and now it’s our turn to serve him," said Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner, in a statement. "We are pleased to host a bone marrow drive to raise support for this critical cause.”
The Daily News first reported on Bonano's condition and the marrow drive.
Bonano also served in the Navy, was awarded for excellence in police duty 45 times, and is a graduate of St. Joseph's College in Clinton Hill.
Volunteers will be given a quick cheek swab and potential matches will be asked to donate cells to help save Bonano's life.
The bone marrow drive will take place at 345 Jay St. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7 and 8. No reservation or appointment is required.