Metro Detroit family hope to find bone marrow match for 5-year-old boy
DETROIT – Ryder Washington started kindergarten this year. The 5-year-old loves to dance, practice martial arts and is obsessed with the Statue of Liberty.
A few months ago, she was diagnosed with a rare disease which in most cases leads to leukemia. The child’s family hopes that someone can help the boy.
The Washington family held a bone marrow blood drive on Sunday.
A 40-second swab on the inside of your cheek could prevent Washington from developing leukemia. The family is desperately hoping to find a partner.
“I’m surprised I’m not crying now,” said Kimberli Washington, who hopes to find compatible blood for her son.
He was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome earlier this year.
“It’s been a whirlwind, we’re learning more about bone marrow transplants and donor banks every day,” the mother said.
His condition is rare. Only one in 200,000 people is diagnosed with MDS and very few are their age. He is afraid of needles.
“It’s hard, it changes your heart when I see mom, brother cry and upset baby, I’m supposed to take care of them you have to help but you can’t do anything,” said Terrence Washington, who is hoping to find a blood match for his son.
The boy should be especially careful in avoiding injury to avoid internal bleeding.
But that didn’t stop this powerhouse from dancing in a storm and he already has a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do.
The Washington family are desperate to find a bone marrow partner to prevent the disease from turning into leukemia.
“I just want people to help Ryder and the others because I want to feel better,” said Tyson Washington, who is hoping to find compatible blood with his brother.
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