Joe Edwards Update: Mayor of Bayonne Offers Words of Support

You will, no doubt, remember our coverage of Joe Edwards earlier this month [see here]. He is the Bayonne, New Jersey man challenged with Myelodyplastic Syndrome. This is the same blood disorder that Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts is recovering from [years before her health challenges, we CYInterviewed Robin, see here] after receiving a bone marrow transplant.

Joe Edwards has been undergoing chemotherapy, as he awaits a much needed bone marrow transplant. We were informed that his treatments were actually interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, adding to his already challenging circumstances.

We reached out to the office of the honorable Mayor Mark A. Smith of Bayonne, New Jersey for comment on Joe and his plight. Here is the kind response we received:

“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’s treatment, including the bone marrow transplant, for Myelodyplastic Syndrome is expensive. There has been a page set up where people can contribute to help Joe Edwards overcome the challenge he faces. It can be found at

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