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Andrews Boy Fights Incurable Disease

By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - Gage Klein looks and acts like your typical 11-year-old boy with a love for motocross.

"Whenever I ride it gets everything out of my head,'' Gage Klein, 11-year-old fighting an incurable disease, said. 

For just being a sixth grader, Gage has a lot on his mind. Two years ago, he was in a motocross accident which turned into a life saving event.

"He flipped his dirt bike and it knocked him unconscious. As precaution I took him to the emergency room where we found out that the doctors were just in awe that this baby was still alive," Barbara Klein, Gage's mother, said. 

Turns out, Gage has a rare incurable disease called Fanconi Anemia.

"It's bone marrow failure where his body doesn't allow his bone marrow to produce blood cell platelets. He's in bone marrow failure," Barbara said. 

Gage will have to have a bone marrow transplant within the next six months to prolong his life. Unfortunately, for the Klein family, tragedy has already struck once. In 2007, they lost a son when he was just seven months old to SIDS. However, they saved the baby's stem cells at birth which gave them hope for Gage. 

"They pulled the stem cells from the baby to see if they would match Gage and they were a perfect match, but unfortunately we cannot use those because the baby has passed and we need fresh blood, we need fresh skin cells," Barbara said. 

The family has still not found a match. 

"We haven't found a donor, we're still looking for a donor," Barbara said. 

Through this journey the Klein's have gotten involved with "Kidz 1st Fund," a foundation created by the Florida State head football coach and his wife. Their son, Ethan, also suffers from Fanconi Anemia.

This weekend, Gage and his mom will be at the Florida State University versus Oklahoma State University football game raising awareness for the foundation.

"We are raising money for a cure, there is no cure," Barbara said. 

As for Gage, he's not letting his illness set him back from anything he wants to do. 

"After we go to the game, my mom has to take me to Six Flags!" Gage said.

If you would like to help donate, go to http://www.kidz1stfund.com/

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