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Kentuckiana family paying it forward with a blood drive

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Dylan Wiseman has gone through hundreds of blood transfusions.

He has battled the unthinkable, and it saved his life.

Today, the 3-year-old boy's family held a blood drive to now give back to others in need. 

"So vivacious. I mean, he is just so loving," said Angie Grimes-Wiseman, Dylan's mother. "So gregarious and he just has this beautiful smile."
But behind that smile, you'd never know what Dylan has been through.

"Initial diagnoses was aplastic anemia," Grimes-Wiseman said. "He was diagnosed on June the 7th of last year. And on November the 20th of 2013, he had his bone marrow transplant."

That transplant helped save his life.

At a young age, Dylan has experienced so many platelet and blood transfusions.

"Since he was first diagnosed, the last count was over 300," Grimes-Wiseman said.

Now, his family is trying to give back. 

This weekend, Dylan's mother and grandfather were among many people helping out with a blood drive in Jeffersonville. 

Their goal is to make up all the blood that Dylan has used. 

"It's gonna go on for quite awhile," said Ron Grimes, Dylan't grandfather. "We have to make up for 300 at least and we're gonna exceed that. That's our goal."

The family wants to make sure the blood supply is ready so that others going through situations like this can have the same help that Dylan has had. 

"(Because) it's been the lifesaver for my son," Grimes-Wiseman said.

As for Dylan, he's currently back in the hospital.

"We're still in the process of having his body rebuild his immune system and his bone marrow," Grimes-Wiseman said. "He's a fighter. It amazes me."

And they're waiting to see how everything goes. His mom is thankful for all the support they've received along the way and for community members stepping up to donate to those that need it. 

"The proverbial 'It takes a community to raise a child', well, it takes a community especially when the child is sick," Grimes-Wiseman said.

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