A young boy whose story captured the attention of emergency response personnel around the country is preparing to undergo a cord blood stem cell transplant at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Tyler Seddon is a 7 year old boy who has unwavering support for firefighters, emergency, and military workers according to his mother, Rachel Seddon-Dunn who is herself a volunteer firefighter. When Tyler was diagnosed with leukaemia prior to his 7th birthday, Rachel reached out through social media for digital birthday cards from first respondents across the country.
The request went viral and nearly 1,000 people from all across the US attended Tyler’s birthday in March, with the local chief of police naming Tyler police chief for the day. Shortly after his birthday, Rachel was informed that a donated sample of banked umbilical cord blood could help improve Tyler’s leukaemia.
Tyler was administered into the hospital last week, and is staying within the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts until the day of the cord blood stem cell transplant on June 2. According to Tyler’s doctors, the transplant is meant to keep the leukaemia in remission as chemotherapy effectively combated the worst of the illness.
After being told about cord blood and its effectiveness as an alternative to bone marrow therapy, Rachel learned more about cord blood by speaking to specialists at Tufts Medical Center. She says she is far more optimistic about Tyler’s transplant now that she knows more about cord blood, which the doctors described as the first day of a new life for Tyler.
“You get a second birthday.”
More details about Tyler’s story and the outpouring of support around the country are available by following the link here.