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Henry's Tavern in Plano Hosting Delete Blood Cancer This Saturday

This Saturday Henry's Tavern in Plano is hosting a Delete Blood Cancer event from 1 to 4 p.m. for a local boy, Aidan Petereson, who was recently diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer. Guests are encouraged to get swabbed and tested for transplant compatibility and then get added to a national bone marrow registry.

Here's the release on the event and a little about 6-year-old Aidan.

Plano, Texas - Feb. 28, 2013 - Henry's Tavern is hosting a family-friendly bone marrow donor drive Saturday, Mar. 2 from 1-4 p.m. for Aidan Peterson. This Henry's Tavern Event will help Aidan and countless others who desperately need a lifesaving bone marrow transplant -- are you the one to save a life? Finding out is as easy as a 30 second cheek swab.

Support this worthy cause by joining Aidan's friends, family and community at the Henry's Tavern Event at The Shops at Legacy, 5741 Legacy Drive, Suite 100, Saturday, Mar. 2 from 1-4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to participate in an optional -- and entirely painless -- cheek swab to test for transplant compatibility with Aidan Peterson, and to be added to the national bone marrow registry at Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. This family friendly benefit will feature balloon animals and face painting, acoustic music by Family Crude and Zack Verner, as well as nonalcoholic beverages and a tasty array of appetizers. There is no charge to attend; full food and drink menus will be available for purchase.

Six-year-old Aidan Peterson was recently diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer. This is especially devastating news, as just last year this brave and charming little boy received a clean bill of health after successfully battling another form of leukemia with years of chemotherapy.

"Most parents dream of what their child will be when they grow up. My dream is that my son Aidan will simply grow up," said Aidan's mother, Candice Gaudet. "Signing up as a bone marrow donor is offering someone the gift of survival. I think that is one of the biggest gifts there is. My son is so precious and so full of life. Please help us save him and countless others in need."

While all guests are welcome, you must be between the ages of 18-55 years old and generally in good health to qualify as a donor. After a quick and easy cheek swab, donor information will be kept on file in the national marrow donor program database for Delete Blood Cancer DKMS until the donor is 61 years of age, or asks to be removed from the list. Donors are found based on HLA tissue characteristics, of which eight to 10 need to be the same as the patient to be an ideal fit. With more than 7,000 known HLA types with millions of combinations, finding a genetic-twin is like winning the lottery, and every new donor raises a patient's odds.

For information on the Henry's Tavern Event, contact Henry's Tavern sales and event manager, Honor Kirk, at 972-473-7252.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.