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Transplant inspires family to pay it forward

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- 3-year-old Dylan Wiseman is the kind of kid you can't help but smile at. 

"He's a vivacious, always running, just a happy go lucky kid," his mother, Angie Grimes-Wiseman said.

While the grin has never faded from his face, "Dyl," as his mom and grandma call him, is facing some serious health issues that started to show up this past summer.

"He started getting blisters on his mouth. I was like okay, something is going on," she explained.

Doctors at Kosair Children's Hospital agreed, and began testing the little guy.

"His palettes were 6, a normal persons is supposed to be 100. His hemoglobin was 7, a normal persons is above 12," Wiseman said.
They found out Dyl had a rare blood disorder called Aplastic Anemia.

"We don't see it very often, but it is a very difficult diagnosis for many of these patients," U of L Doctor, Alexandra Cheerva told WDRB.

Upon diagnosis, Angie snapped into mom mode. The solution couldn't come from her though, instead a complete stranger. A donor, from around the world, just so happened to be the perfect match for Dylan's bone marrow transplant.

"You know they probably didn't think much when they donated, but I can tell you I'm immensely thankful for it," said Wiseman.

She's so thankful, she wants to be the driving force behind helping several others just like her boy. She's paying it forward this Tuesday at Nelson's Garage in Jeffersonville. People from across Kentuckiana will be able to give blood and bone marrow mouth swabs. 

"I'm thankful for the people who are willing to do that," Wiseman said.

It's what ultimately gave Dylan the fighting chance at beating Aplastic Anemia, and keeping the cute smile on his face.

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