RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – 14-year-old Nile Price is going to Texas! For the first time he will meet, in person, the woman who donated her bone marrow to cure him of sickle cell anemia. Of course, all members of both families want to meet. We're closer to making that happen, but not quite there.
This is the nail-biting stage. We are close to a wish coming true. Nile and his mom already have their airline tickets. They leave February 4th. We don't have enough money though for the remaining four family members. We are several hundred dollars short.
Pepsi sales manager, Jeremy Hewitt delivered a $550 check. I called Nile's mom about the generous gift.
"We'd like to provide you with this check that could assist in trying to make Nile's wish come true," said Hewitt.
Hewitt says Nile is the first Richmond area recipient of a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project which funds refreshing ideas that help communities.
The teen who reaches out to sick kids online and in hospitals is unafraid to show feelings. He helped us understand sickle cell anemia.
"It's so bad I don't…sometimes I don't even wanna live," said Nile nearly 2-years-ago.
And, rejoice at his good fortune when a bone marrow donor that defies medical odds was found. There's a 5-percent chance a white donor would be a match for an African American.
"She's remarkable, outstanding and a blessing to our family," said Nile last year.
Nile's endearing spirit captivated Jeremy while watching 12 on Your Side reports.
"To help a young man like that," said Jeremy. "He'll remember this forever and that we could be a small part of his life, it's a great feeling."
The donation puts us closer to getting the whole family to meet Nile's lifesaver. But, his mom speaks, as if it's already happened. That's indicative of their faith.
"This has been a great addition to the fund to help us get off to Houston," said Deborah Price. "We are so grateful to the people who heard the story, who decided to give something of themselves just to help Nile and the family out."
Nile and the donor are part of an international study. They will be celebrated in Houston. The Marrow Program is paying for Nile and Deborah's airfare. We need help getting the rest of the family there.
Donations can be made at any Wachovia bank. Just ask about the: Nile I. Price assistance fund, in care of Pastor, Noah Mitchell. There's $1300 in the bank. We need about $900 more to get them there for what is sure to be an emotional meeting.