Politics & Government

July 18, 2013

Supporters lobby Congress to save bone-marrow funding

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Arroyo likely would have died if not for the bone marrow transplant he received, thanks to a group now facing federal funding cuts. The teenager leads an almost normal life since his transplant in 2004, but still suffers from fanconi anemia, a rare, incurable genetic disorder he was diagnosed with at age 3. The Arroyo family used a nonprofit organization called Be the Match to find a donor, a process that can be nearly impossible since bone marrow matches are so rare.

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