Spokane baby in desperate need of bone marrow transplant
Date: Dec 18th, 2006 1:35:59 pm - Subscribe
SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane couple is hoping for a Christmas miracle. Their four-month old baby, Caden Atchley, is in critical need of a bone marrow transplant.
The baby is kept in a spotless hospital room in Seattle because any germ could put his life in danger. He suffers from Severe Immune Deficiency Syndrome. His mother said his immune system is so weak he wouldn't even be able to fight off a diaper rash let alone a cold.
Students at MEAD Alternative High School where Caden's father, Josh went to school are helping out - one penny at a time.
"Knowing a child is in need just touched my heart," said MEAD student Angel Wills. "It's a sad story, and Josh is such a great guy, so I wanted to help him and his family."
Josh works as a General Manager at Arby's. There, employees sell bracelets for $2, hoping they too can help Caden overcome the disease. Leanne Dechand has worked for the Atchley's for more than ten years.
"They have hope. They're going to find the right match, and if they can find a match, this child has a very good chance of having a normal life," said Dechand.
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