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Sick Vt. kids highlight need for bone marrow donors

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A bone marrow transplant could be a life-saving move for a little girl from Chester.

Keith McGilvery visited her at Boston Children's Hospital Tuesday and found out she's not the only young Vermonter who's sick on her floor. There are two kids from Vermont-- one from Chester and the other from Colchester. They're neighbors at Children's Hospital hoping that their transplants will make them better.

Tuesday, we visited Lindsey Sturtevant, she's the 12-year-old who just received a second bone marrow transplant to fight off a pre-leukemia condition that's done a number on her blood cells.

During our visit, we learned that Colchester Middle Schooler Le'Ondre Brockington is in the hospital bed next door. The 13-year old is fighting a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia. He's been in the hospital for seven months and his mom says every day has been a battle. Both families are thankful to their transplants.

Lindsey's doctor, Christine Duncan of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital, talked with us about what's involved if you decide to donate.

"There are lots of different ways that we collect stem cells. Some are directly from the bone, some are from your blood, most often it is a blood-type donation. For people that are really interested, they can look at the national marrow donor program which is the program that helped us find a donor for Lindsey," Dr. Duncan said.

Matches don't always come from family; Lindsey's first donor came from a 42-year-old woman in Europe and the second came from a 23-year-old man.

Le'Ondre's bone marrow donation came from a 33-year-old man.

For more information on becoming a donor:

Click here for more on the March 11 marrow donor registry drive in North Clarendon.

Click here for more on the March 15 marrow donor registry drive in Rutland.

To leave a note for Le'Ondre or Lindsey you can head to the WCAX Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/WCAXTV

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