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People turned away at local boy's "Be The Match" drive

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By: Alexandra Cowley

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The turnout for a blood and bone marrow drive in support of a Burrillville boy battling cancer was so great, some people had to be turned away.  6–year–old Tyler Seddon is fighting Leukemia for the second time. His family hopes the overwhelming response at Tuesday's blood drive may save his life.

"Its incredible, I've never seen a turnout like this," said Rachel Seddon.

Seddon is in awe of the crowd that filled the Pascoag Fire Department to help her son.

"90 people on a bone marrow match is huge. Somebody, even if it's not for Tyler, who knows how many lives we could save today,"said Seddon.

Seddon's 6-year-old son Tyler is battling Leukemia for the 2nd time in 3 years, but this time, he's not doing it alone.

"We processed over a 100. We did have to turn some people away, which isn't a bad thing, it's been a great turn out here, it's very hopeful for the family," said Lauren Dettore of the Rhode Island Blood Center.

It's not just the people at the Pascoag Fire Department who are supporting Tyler. A Facebook page called Tyler's Troops has more than 16 thousand members from all over the world. You see, Tyler wants to be a police officer or firefighter when he grows up. Last week, Tyler's mom asked if first responders could send him cards for his 7th birthday. That simple request has grown into an international kindness. Piles of gift packages with police and fire uniforms fill the Seddon's home. They've received boxes of letters and pictures as well.

Seddon is simply over whelmed.

"I have 400 emails, I still haven't answered, I'm working on it," laughed Seddon.

While Tyler fights his battle in the hospital, local officers have been planning the birthday of a lifetime for him. East Providence officer Craig Sroka is spearheading the celebration. He says 200 patrol cars from all over the country are traveling to Rhode Island for Tyler's birthday on March 6th.

Sroka said he's been getting calls and emails from all over the world. He can barely keep up with the all the people who want to help.

"Everybody is just reaching out to this kid because he deserves it, he's fighting a big battle and we just want him to be successful with it," said Craig.

The people who were turned away at Tuesday night's drive can go to any local blood drive and donate for Tyler by using the group number 0260. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for the donors to be added to the be the match registry, to see if they're a match.

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