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Waldwick School Of Rock Beating Drum For Bandmate With Cancer

Ian Rahimi
Ian Rahimi Photo Credit: COURTESY: Andrew Altadonna

WALDWICK, N.J. -- Members of the Waldwick School of Rock are cranking up to help a friend in need.

The music-education school is spreading the word about 18-year-old Ian Rahimi of Mahwah, who was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2013.

Rahimi requires one to two pints of blood per week for transfusions, which adds to the demand for area blood donations.

Cue the band.

The director of music and operations at the Waldwick School of Rock, who goes by the name STATiC, said the message has been spread among the roughly 160 students and 20 instructors.

They, in turn, are taking it to the streets.

“That’s what you’re supposed to do … it’s the least we can do,” STATiC told Daily Voice.

The search for donors represent lessons beyond music, he said, as performers band together to take care of their own.

Rahimi, a student at Steven’s Institute of Technology, has a blood type of B positive, meaning he can receive donations of all “B” and “O” positive and negative blood.

Andrew Altadonna, also of Mahwah, has known Rahimi since third grade. A former student at the Waldwick School of Rock, he described his friend as extremely smart , an intellectual.

"He reads textbooks for fun," Altadonna said.

TO DONATE: (800) 439-6876 (blood bank number). Mention Patient No. 238541 to donate directly to Rahimi.

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