November 5, 2009

Local Boy Raises Awareness

By Kelley Luckstein

A little boy is looking for a donor to help save his life.  Now a new event could help him, an others around the globe, to just that.


"He's very respectful, very quiet," said Mayo Clinic Doctor Vilmarie Rodriguez.  


"Very outgoing and he just attracts people to him," said Will’s mother Loretta Dickes…


Chemotherapy and radiation treatments were still options, but Will's doctors didn't think they were the best ones. "We have to treat more aggressively and a bone marrow transplant is required in order to offer him the best chances for a cure,” said Dr. Rodriguez…


But Will was adopted from Korea and has no known siblings or relatives that might be a potential match.  Instead, his family turned to the National Bone Marrow or “Be the Match” Registry.


KAAL by Sarah Swistak, 11/4/09

Tags: bone marrow transplant, Cancer, leukemia, Transplant

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