Local Boy Searches For Bone Marrow Hero

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Colonial Heights, VA—A local father registered just months ago to become a blood marrow donor to a toddler fighting cancer; now he is asking for donations for his own 9-year-old son, who was recently diagnosed with a rare blood disorder.

Ryan Bell is a 9-year-old student at Tussing Elementary School. The little boy, who is an avid Batman fan, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder that could be fatal. Doctors say a bone marrow transplant could save Ryan's life.

Right now, Ryan is taking medication to fend off the disorder, but it will take two-three months to determine if they are working. In the meantime, his parents have organized a donor drive on Saturday, in the hopes that Ryan will find a bone marrow match.

Ryan's father, Paul Bell, was one of over 600 volunteers who registered in August to be a donor to Quinlan Thomas, a toddler battling leukemia. He hopes that his kind gesture will be returned to him, in the form of lots of donors for his own son.

The bone marrow drive to benefit Ryan Bell will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Tussing Elementary School in Colonial Heights, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Tussing Elementary's website here.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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