BAYONNE, N.J.--()--Joe Edwards of Bayonne, NJ has Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a blood disorder affecting the bone marrow. Mr. Edwards is widely known in his community as a leader and mentor. He has coached youth football, worked with at risk, inner city kids and helped individuals deal with substance abuse issues. Now, Mr. Edwards needs the kind of help he has so readily given to others.
Myelodyplastic Syndrome is the same disease Robin Roberts, of ABC’s Good Morning America, is recovering from after having had a bone marrow transplant. Joe needs a bone marrow transplant.
Though not famous like Robin Roberts, Joe has worked with individuals who have gone on to garner some degree of fame, particularly on the gridiron. Among them are: Jerome Hayes of Penn State, Jammal Lord of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Houston Texans and Vinny Fonte of Monmouth University, who is on his way to becoming a lawyer, in addition to having some early, positive impact on Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans.
Mayor Mark A. Smith of Bayonne, New Jersey released a comment to CYInterview.com, on Joe Edwards’s good works and current circumstances:
“Joe Edwards has served as a youth mentor for many years. Joe has worked in programs that warn young people about the dangers of substance abuse and violence. With young people, he has stressed the importance of continuing their education, finding employment, and becoming role models within their communities. In 2001, he was named Youth Counselor of the Year for his work with youth in Community Access Programs, Elizabeth, New Jersey. We are very proud of the outstanding work that he has done with young people for the last three decades. Our hopes and prayers are with him at this difficult time.”
Joe Edwards has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments to help deal with the Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Last year, his chemotherapy was actually interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, making his health challenges that much tougher. Joe now awaits a costly bone marrow transplant and needs help with his bills.
We invite media coverage of Mr. Edwards’s valiant struggle. Additionally, a page has been set up where individuals can help Joe cover his financial needs at www.giveforward.com/somethingforjoe.