Local Man to Donate Blood Stem Cells to Stranger

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM EDT

Orchard Park- One year ago, John LoBianco, a local Physician's Assistant signed up with www.bethematch.org, a national bone marrow and stem cell registry, to potentially save a life.

On August 1st and 2nd, he'll be doing just that.

Because of privacy laws, LoBianco knows nothing about the man that he'll give his blood stem cells to other than he lives in the country and he's fighting lymphoma.

Despite the anonymous factor, LoBianco says its worth it.

He says the process is easy. You sign up, you're sent a kit, you swab your cheeks for tissue testing and send it back to the organization.

You're then put on a national data base for potential recipients suffering from diseases like leukemia and lymphoma.

It's rare to be a match, but LoBianco is one.

The two day procedure to donate his blood stem cells will take place at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and could take up to 5 hours each day.

LoBianco says everyone should visit www.bethematch.org and sign up.