Northwestern students and other Evanston residents are being asked to turn out Monday to see if they could be a bone marrow donor for a 10-year-old Evanston boy with leukemia.

Julian Sims woke up one day recently with a stomache ache that turned out to be the first indication he was suffering from the potentially fatal disease and he now needs a bone marrow transplant.

As is often the case, bone marrow from his parents — Romy and Rich Sims — doesn’t match his, so they’re asking for other folks to see if they could be a match with a simple mouth swab test.

The donor registry event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p,m. Monday, Nov. 18, on the 7th floor of the Stadium Club at Ryan Field, 1501 Central St.

Persons between the ages of 18 and 44 are eligible to register.

More information is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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