66°F
Sponsored by

ABC 4 helps boy search for bone marrow donor

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Almost two years ago Utah fell in love with a boy featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
"I'm hoping someone can find a match for me so that I can have a healthy life," -Jonah Gomez
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Almost two years ago Utah fell in love with a boy featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

ABC 4 broadcasted the big reveal when Jonah Gomez walked into his new home in Daybreak, but he continues to wait for a life saving bone marrow transplant.

ABC 4 held another bone marrow donor drive Saturday at the Healthy Living Expo to continue the search for a life saving transplant.

Jonah has two rare blood disorders, which leave him vulnerable to a variety of physical problems.

He must get a blood transfusion every 10 weeks to survive.

The first two weeks are good, but then he quickly falls back into a sluggish state. His only chance at a full recovery is to find a bone marrow donor.

"I'm hoping someone can find a match for me so that I can have a healthy life," said Jonah.

The odds are one in 20,000 to 100,000, but even after ten large bone marrow drives Jonah's perfect match has yet to be found.

He takes comfort from his soccer heroes who play for Real Salt Lake. "It's been really exciting having the Real Team hanging out with me and on the field winning games," said Jonah.

When they're around all his energy and attention are on the men he idolizes. "We're just psyched to be around him," said Real Salt Lake Defender Chris Wingert.

Wingert loves Jonah and hopes for the day his bone marrow match is found.

"For the most part he's always in good spirits. He's incredible considering the conditions that he has," said Wingert.

Jonah's mother, Jessica Gomez watches her son suffer. Ten bone marrow drives later she remains strong as she continues to fight for her son's life by simply asking for anyone and everyone to sign up to become a donor.

"It's probably the easiest thing you'll ever do. All you have to do is swab your mouth for 20 seconds. Put (the DNA sample) in an envelope and it's off to New York to get processed," said Jessica.

Click on the attached link to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor.



Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus
local-businesses.png
cars.png dixie-local.jpg

Popular Stories on Facebook