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City Launches “Cotton Swab Challenge” to Help Resident with Leukemia- Updated

– Allison Goldsberry

Medford resident Joseph Norton, recently diagnosed with leukemia at just 23, isn’t battling the disease alone.

Medford has launched the “Cotton Swab Challenge” to help Norton, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. The Cotton Swab Challenge encourages people to have a simple test, a quick swipe of a cotton swab inside the mouth, to help find a bone marrow donor for Norton.

Tests are being done on Saturday, October 14 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the McGlynn School during the Harvest Your Energy Festival.

The community came together in a similar way when former Major League Baseball player and Medford native Bill Monbouquette was also in need of a bone marrow transplant nearly ten years ago. A local baseball coach was identified as a match and became a donor.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Norton with medical and other expenses. His family was recently interviewed by WCVB anchor Maria Stephanos.

Cotton Swab Challenge

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