RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – We're counting the days for Nile Price's important trip to Texas to meet the woman who donated her bone marrow. The transplant cured him of sickle cell anemia, and saved his life. Now Nile and his family need help getting to Houston to meet his donor in person.
"She saved my life and gave me a brand new life where I can actually be a kid," said Nile. "It'll mean a lot to me thank her in person too."
Nile continues to exchange email with bone marrow donor, Laura Klubert -- even an occasional Skype chat.
"He was supposed to live," said Klubert. "I am thrilled that he can now live a normal life."
But, this lady's special. She defies medical odds. There's just a 5-percent chance a white donor would be a perfect bone marrow match for an African American. Naturally Nile, his mom and dad, brothers and baby sister all want to embrace her.
"I think I'll squeeze the stuffing out of her if I met her in person," said Nile's mother Deborah Price. "Here's a mother who's faced challenges too with the health of a child. To share herself with us is phenomenal."
Nile's doctor says the Texas trip would be healing. Right now, he's getting skin treatments for graft versus host disease. But Dr. Godder is giving her approval for Nile to fly.
"If he's in a very crowded area like an airplane, not sit by the door, where everybody's moving or by the bathroom and wear a mask," Dr. Godder said.
The dream meeting is just days away, if the family's able to raise enough for expenses. The Kluberts and Prices hope to meet the last week in October.
"She's remarkable, outstanding and a blessing to our family," said Nile.
To help Nile get to Texas stop by any Wachovia Bank and ask the teller about the special fund. It's the 'Nile I. Price Assistance Fund' in care of Pastor Noah Mitchell.
The days are winding down -- not much time left. Donations are appreciated and accepted at any Wachovia Bank.