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Swabbing event held in Watervliet to help ‘Spread the News for a Cure’

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Isabella wears orange, the color of leukemia, for her mommy. Isabella wears orange, the color of leukemia, for her mommy.

WATERVLIET, N.Y. – The Watervliet Cannon Barrel Pub joined forces with NEWS CENTER's Lydia Kulbida to help "Spread the News for a Cure" on Saturday.

A swabbing event where anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 could dedicate five minutes of their time to having a quick swab of their mouth in order to be added into the Be the Match registry was held at the pub from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is all part of Lydia's ten-week fundraising campaign for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicating to funding blood cancer research.

A nighttime event was also held from 5 p.m. until midnight at the pub featuring live music.

Here's how you can join Lydia in making a difference:

→ Business owners have various sponsorship levels from $1,000 to $7,500 that include tickets to the Grand Finale Program on May 10th and an ad in the Program book; program ads only are available for $250 and $500; donations of goods or gift certificates for gift baskets auctioned off at the Grand Finale Program; setting aside proceeds from a day or sale of certain items during the 10-week campaign.

→ Individuals can help by:

◊ Making a donation online: http://www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb13/lkulbida
◊ Mailing a check made out to "The Leukemia Lymphoma Society" to Lydia Kulbida at News10ABC, 341 Northern Blvd., Albany, NY 12204
◊ Attending events & supporting businesses selling items to benefit the LLS Campaign

Details can be found at the Team Lydia: Spreading the News for a Cure Facebook page.

Buy tickets to the Grand Finale at http://www.mwoy.org/pages/uny/alb13/lkulbida

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