Bone marrow, blood donor drive to be held for teen battling cancer for second time

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Cancer can strike anyone at any time.

Dylan Moore, 15, of Richmond Hill is battling cancer for the second time. He already went through this fight when he was 10.

The cancer went into remission, but five years later it's back with a vengeance.

He is undergoing chemotherapy, but this time, it looks like a bone marrow transplant is needed. The problem is finding a match.

The community is rallying around "Team Dylan" by hosting a blood and bone marrow registry drive this Saturday.

"I've known that this could always come back someday, we hoped and prayed it wouldn't This should not be happening to anyone's child, this is just a terrible thing to go through," said Nancy Moore, Dylan's mother.

Moore and Team Dylan have been a fixture at the St. Baldrick's Foundation Childhood Cancer research fundraising head-shaving events in Savannah. Over the years, we've watched as Dylan helped shave heads while still battling cancer at age 10. Then the next year with his own hair growing back, each year seeing him grow up, as his cancer went into remission.

Less than three months ago at St. Baldrick's, everything was fine.

"This kind of diagnosis happens in a minute. You go from perfectly healthy child in one day, to a terrible diagnosis the next, and your whole life is turned upside down," Nancy said.

Dylan has one wish for the event.

"I'm hopeful that a lot of people come out because the more people we have, we can try to find a better match for me or someone else," he said.

The bone marrow and blood donor event is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ed Young Center in Port Wentworth on Turnberry Street.

For more information on bone marrow donation, please click here.

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