12-Year-Old Wetumpka Boy Battles Incurable Disease; Community Offers Support
A 12-year-old Wetumpka boy has been diagnosed with a rare, incurable disease that's meant he's been in and out of the hospital. But his family says after months of prayer, he may have found a match to get a bone marrow transplant in Minnesota.
Only 32 children in the United States are born with Faconi Anemia each year. Dawson Parker was one of those children. He's faced many obstacles, and his fight to live is far from over.
In the far right corner in this Edgewood Academy classroom sits Dawson Parker. Like any other 12-year-old boy, he loves being outside, flying model airplanes and playing baseball.
"We had heavy hearts, because this was a life threatening disease for our son," says Penni Parker, Dawson's mother.
Dawson will have to battle this disease for the rest of his life. There is no cure, but this transplant will keep him from getting infections.
As for Penni Parker, she's asking the community to consider becoming a bone marrow donor. You never know, you could be saving someone like Dawson.
Edgewood Academy and First Baptist Church in Wetumpka are raising money for the Parkers, and are also asking state employees to donate any extra vacation days, so that Penni Parker can keep her job, and stay by her son's side.
To find out more about fundraising efforts and Dawson's progress, head to the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LiftingUpDawsonParker?fref=ts
If you would like to help the family you can call Edgewood Academy at 334) 567-5102 and ask for Susan Montgomery.
This Sunday, First Baptist Church in Wetumpka is hosting a barbecue plate sale and dessert auction for Dawson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plates are $14 each.
You can also donate Delta Sky Miles to help cover transportation costs. If you would like to do that, send a message to the Facebook Page, Lifting Up Dawson Parker.