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SAVING LIVES Ethan D’Onofrio has what it takes to be an Eagle Scout By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Ethan D’Onofrio strives to make a great impact on many people. The Boulder Creek High School senior is starting his campaign with his Eagle Scout program: a bone marrow registration drive from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 2, at the Anthem LDS Church, 2503 W. Anthem Way. “There’s a critical shortage of bone marrow donors,” D’Onofrio says. “The only standard of care is a transplant. I’m trying to build up the bone marrow donor registry. Ever since I started scouting, I wanted to make a great impact on many people. For my Eagle Scout program, I thought I would build something that saves lives.” The Be the Match-sponsored event requires registration at join. It also features cake, ice cream and raffle prizes. Those 18 to 44 who wish to join the bone marrow registry will undergo a 1-minute swab of their cheek. D’Onofrio’s event will take place during a large blood drive, so he’s hoping participants will partake in his, too. “I hope people will donate blood and notice our thing going on as well and be prompted to participate,” he says. “Registering is not a big deal.” D’Onofrio has made an impact on many people he has met, including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, whom he met through a mutual friend. “I met Steven Tyler in London,” he says. “Back in 2016, I was invited to Steven Tyler’s UN Humanitarian Award ceremony in New York City for his efforts with Janie’s Fund. I was


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his VIP guest.” But it was D’Onofrio’s talents that garnered that invitation. “I’m a very big music fan and I’m a very big fan of playing music,” says D’Onofrio, who also admires Freddie Mercury and The Beatles. “I have been playing piano for about 12 years. Our friend talked to Steven Tyler and showed him videos of me playing piano.” His mother, Ann Marie D’Onofrio, went further. She says at the ball, Tyler descended the staircase and headed straight to her son and gave him a hug. “I heard you came all the way out here to see an old man like me,” she recalls Tyler saying. “He spent time with Ethan. Ethan understated his talents. He’s great on the piano. He did his own arrangement of Aerosmith’s ‘What It Takes.’ My friend played it for Steven, and he was so honored. He couldn’t believe a kid had done that because most kids don’t know who Steven Tyler is.” The meeting at the award ceremony led to an invite to an Aerosmith show in London. “He invited us to be VIP guests with his family,” she says, “Liv Tyler, his daughter, lives over there. Just to see Steven Tyler interact with his grandkids, he’s just a regular grandpa. He’s so concerned about his grandkids. The little ones had headphones on to protect their hearing. He’s just a family guy.”

Ethan’s ‘mission’ Although he’s active in scouts and music, D’Onofrio is dedicated and devoted to his faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his family, which includes brother Jason, 11, and father, Mike. “It takes up all my life—not in a bad way,” D’Onofrio says. “I can see the effects of my faith

Ethan D’Onofrio’s Bone Marrow Registration Drive When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 2 Where: Anthem LDS Church, 2503 W. Anthem Way, Anthem Info:

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