HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Days away from a life changing transplant, Nile Price got a surprise he will never forget. 12 on Your Side championed Nile's effort, to change how people think about donating bone marrow. And two perfect donors were found.
Now, the 12 year old has new buddies, backing him, as he heads into surgery. That's roughly 65 new, friends - the entire, Redskins pro football team!
Nile got one amazing visit. Outrageous, over the top fanatics, the Hogettes, all male, Washington Redskins fans who don women's dresses, garden hats, and pig snouts - to support the Redskins and raise money for charity.
Hall of Fame, Hogette, Howiette is on a mission to make a kid smile and shore up his spirit, serving up Redskins souvenirs, mementos, and special items including an autographed jersey from Santana Moss.
The Redskins did it, to remind Nile, he's in a special place, in many people's hearts. On Monday, Nile gets a week of chemo - a second round July 13, then two weeks later, the bone marrow transplant to hopefully cure him of sickle cell anemia.
"Seeing him smile, seeing him forget for the moment that before you came, he was in pain," said Deborah Price, Nile's mom.
Prized possessions, something to hold on to when pain strikes and his six week hospital stay turns stressful.
"This will help a lot, to know that the Redskins know what I'm going through," said Nile. "I am very happy, excited. I am very happy. This is wonderful, now I can rub it in my dad's face and say, Cowboys don't do this."
Thursday afternoon, Nile also got a phone call from Santana Moss. The mission is to keep Nile healthy, until the transplant: after that he and his family will need a lot.
A fund has been set up, if you'd like to help, go to: bonemarrow.org, and click One to One Fund.
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