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Benefit to help Crown Point boy with rare blood disorder

November 6, 2013; Posted by: webleed staff

9-year old Colin Aburto was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in September of 2012 after his mother noticed a summer of fatigue and easy bruising.

“I took him to the doctor, and he said to wait three months and come back,” Colin’s mother, Danielle Aburto, told The Times of Northwest Indiana.    Her training as a medical assistant led her to seek out further testing at Christ Advocate Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL.  The results – Colin’s white blood cell count was extremely low.

Colin’s bone marrow produces only 20% of the blood cells that he needs to stave off infection.  To make matters worse, Colin’s heritage has made finding a donor difficult and very expensive.  So far, four possible donors have been found that share Colin’s B-postive blood type, all of whom are from Eastern Europe.

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A Benefit for Colin has been scheduled for 6p, this Friday and Saturday at Beatniks on Conkey, a community theater in Hammond, IN.  Tickets are $20 each.  “We are fighting for Colin.  Please help us fight with him.”

For information please email fightingwithcolin@hotmail.com or visit our events page.

Photo Credits: Jonathan Miano, The Times

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