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Bone Marrow Donors Needed For 11-Year-Old Andrews Boy

by Justin Kree
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - To look at 11-year-old Gage Klein, you would never know he's sick. There is no cure for his rare disease. So all the family can do is look for donors. On Saturday, the community of Andrews helped out with the donor search.

The community of Andrews came out for the first car show on Saturday. There were games, activities for the whole family and lots of cars. There was a special booth at the car show that was a big hit with everyone there. 

Be The Match is an organization that signs people up to be on the national donor list for blood cancers and the residents of Andrews came out and signed up to try to help find a match for Gage.

"Not just for Gage, for children all over the world. They are needing people to swab to see if they can be a donor for a bone marrow transplant," Gage's Grandmother, Tracy Spurlock, said.

There is no cure for Gage's rare disease, Fanconi Anemia. However, a matching donor would allow him to live to the maximum age.

"Gage's life expectancy is 25-30 years old. A bone marrow transplant will prolong his life. There is no cure, the only thing a bone marrow transplant will do is allowing him to hit the goal of 25 or 30," Gage's Mother, Barbra Klein, said.

People were lining up to be apart of the registry. It only takes a couple minutes. After some paper work is filled out and swabbing of the mouth, you could help save a life.

"Nothing else you give except, give a spit for cancer. That's what it's called because that's actually what you're doing. Once you're on the registry,  it doesn't mean you're going to be a donor. We're going to put you in the registry and you could be a hope for life," Anita Gonzales, a Recruiter for Be The Match, said

It's unknown if a donor was found for Gage on Saturday but the more people signing up, the better.

"I am beside myself of how many people showed up and supported us," Klein said.

Gage was having fun during the event and was excited that his friends came out to be with him.

"I thought it would be really fun and I'm having fun," Gage said.

If you would like to know more about the registry, you can log on to www.BeTheMatch.org.

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