Kevin & Bean's Great News: Chicago Boy Searching For Stem Cell Donor

Every Monday morning we bring you feel good stories to balance out all the bad news

August 26, 2019

Today on Kevin & Bean we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning, Kevin brought in a story from Manchester, England. Alex Hancock was hanging a rainbow flag outside of his home in celebration of Manchester Pride week when he was met with homophobic threats and abuse from two strangers. His neighbor, a woman named Liz Sharpley, decided to show her support by rallying their neighbors together. She displayed a rainbow flag outside of her home, then helped purchase 30 flags for everyone in the neighborhood to participate in showing their support as well. She said: "It just goes to show that we've still got to look out for each other." This was Kevin's Great News!!!

Allie introduced us to Quinn Waters, a 3-year-old boy from Weymouth, Massachusetts who is battling cancer. "Mighty Quinn" has been stuck in his house since June, having to stay indoors due to chemotherapy and stem cell transplant procedures depleting his immune system. As word spread about the boy and his condition, people started to do things to make Quinn feel better, including a puppy parade, a performance from a local youth theater group, a water baloon fight, and many visits from local police officers just outside Quinn's window. He even got a visit from the Dropkick Murphys, with a special performance of "Shipping Up to Boston" right on Quinn's front lawn. This was Allie's Great News!!

Bean's story doesn't have a happy ending just yet, but spotlighting the story could help save a young boy's life. Alfredo Diaz, a 6-year-old from Chicago, has IL-10 Receptor Deficiency, a rare blood disorder that causes his immune system to attack his organs and cells. He needs to have a blood stem cell transplant as soon as possible, but no one in Diaz's family is a match. A website called BeTheMatch.org is a donor registry with over 20 million people, but fewer than 7% of them are Hispanic. Donor matches are much more likely for people of similar ethnic backgrounds, and Diaz's family is hopeful that by sharing Alfredo's story, more people will be encouraged to sign up for the registry and they might even find him a match. Bean wanted to encourage everyone to visit BeTheMatch.org and help make this story Great News!!

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