Jefferson Center Holds Bone Marrow Match Events to Honor Late Jazz Icon


The wife of a late jazz musician teams up with the Jefferson Center to make a difference for cancer patients.

After losing her husband, jazz musician Michael Brecker, to leukemia in 2007, Susan Brecker was inspired help save the next person desperately looking for a bone marrow match on the international registry.

Since then, she co-produced a documentary called "More to Live For" with leukemia survivor James Chippendale. 

The two have worked to add people to the international bone marrow registry.

"It's a very difficult thing to know that the match is out there, but the person isn't in the registry, so I would be in line at the grocery store, in the subway in New York and I'd look around and think maybe his match is right here in this train," Brecker said. "It's devastating to think [Michael's] life could have been saved, but that person didn't know about the registry."

"This film is about the difference one person can make, just one person," Chippendale said.

If you would like to put your name on the international bone marrow registry, log on to and a kit will be sent to your home.

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