Community rallies around 4-year-old in need of bone marrow transplant – WJHL


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- On Saturday the community in Boones Creek rallied around a brave 4-year-old in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Kaden Haynes was diagnosed back in March with MDS, also known as Myelodysplastic syndrome.

Kaden’s father, Nathan, said he is now receiving treatment at St. Jude in Memphis.

“He has just completed a seven day round of chemo which was very succcessful,” Haynes said.


Nathan said Kaden is still on the list for a bone marrow transplant, and so his family and church helped organize an event to raise awareness for the national registry, and to get people to sign up to become a donor.

“It is hard to fathom the love and support here locally in East Tennessee, and our church, and our work, its overwhelming and it means so much to us to help our son,” Haynes said.

We also spoke to Linda Hilton with Blood Assurance who was helping out at the event.

Hilton said about 30 people signed up for the bone marrow registry on Saturday.

She said at any given time there are between 3,000 to 6,000 looking for a match, and that every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

“There are thousands every day that are looking for a match, as Kaden was a normal healthy little boy, and then all of a sudden he has a devastating disease, that’s how it happens for many patients and there are thousands looking,” Hilton said.

Haynes said they still have a long road ahead as far as Kaden’s treatments go, telling us he could be in Memphis at least another six months.

He said they hope to continue to raise awareness as often as they can about the bone marrow donor registry.

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