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Triad Teenager, Dylan Price, Organizes Bone Marrow Drive After Life-Saving Surgery

11:53 PM, Feb 4, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- A Greensboro teenager, who had a life-saving surgery when he was 14-years-old, is paying it forward.

Dylan Price, 15, was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 13. He went through five months of inpatient treatment and was out of the hospital for three months before he relapsed.

Dylan went through four more months of treatment before he finally had a Bone Marrow Transplant on December 1, 2011. He was 14 years old.

One year later, he was able to find out who the young man was who saved his life.

"The bone marrow I received was from a young man named Tyler. He's 28 and lives in Montana," said Dylan. "Tyler happened to be at the right place at the right time. He was at the gym waiting around and there was a bone marrow drive being held. He said 'Why not?' And joined the registry. Within six months he had been contacted, and gave me his marrow...Pretty incredible."

Dylan is now cancer-free. However, he still has a long road to recovery from his transplant and is currently being home-schooled.

And through his treatment and hospital stays, Dylan has been about to keep up with his ranks in Boy Scouts. He's now working on his Eagle Scout project.

Dylan decided there was no better project to do than to pay it forward. So he decided to organize a bone marrow drive to help register people to the Bone Marrow Database.

"I really want this to be a successful drive, so that I can help register people. A good drive is considered 50 people registered. However, I don't want this to be a good drive, I want it to be a great drive," said Dylan.

Dylan's donor, Tyler, will be flying to North Carolina to be with Dylan and his family for the bone marrow drive. Dylan and Tyler will meet for the first time.

"I think that if people see living proof of what signing up for the registry can do, then they would become very interested and excited to join," said Dylan. "This registry could potentially save a life, just like Tyler saved mine."

The Bone Marrow Drive will be held on Thursday, February 7th, from 4:30 until 8 p.m. in room 3408 at the Student Union building on UNC Chapel Hill's campus.

To become a donor, you must be 18-44 years old and in good health.

At the drive, you will be asked to fill out paper work and swab your cheek, which will only take a few minutes.


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