Rhode Island boy fighting Leukemia receives a Christmas miracle
"We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it; saving this little boy’s life. You know?”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A four-year-old Chepachet boy with Leukemia got his Christmas wish this year – he was found a bone marrow match.
Samuel Hawkes and his son, Sammy, spoke to ABC6 News from Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday.
About one week ago, they received the news that a bone marrow donor matched with Sammy.
“We’re glad that they agreed to do the donation, because that’s another one of the steps, because just because you’re on the registry you don’t have to agree to donate. So, that’s it. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it; saving this little boy’s life. You know?” Samuel Hawkes said on Saturday.
Sammy was diagnosed with Leukemia in October, and has only been home for two and a half weeks after being diagnosed.
Samuel said that he and Sammy’s mother have been taking turns to stay with him at the hospital, while also taking care of his two younger brothers at home. The family says that friends have been trying to find Sammy a suitable bone marrow donor.
“They put together several drives for us, for the public to come and get signed up and to do blood drives and to do platelet drives. Sammy, he needed a bone marrow match. Plus, he also gets blood and platelet transfusions regularly.”
The Hawkes family say they are hoping Sammy’s story spreads awareness, so others can potentially find a match. The Hawkes urge others to join the Be The Match bone marrow registry.
Although the family admits it’s been a tough few months in the hospital, they hope their nightmare will end soon after the bone marrow donation is complete.
“If everything goes well, they said, he’ll be ready to go to school next year” said Hawkes.