Two Year Old Baldwin Boy Waits for Bone Marrow Transplant

A young boy needs a bone marrow transplant.

Now his Northern Michigan town is helping him along that journey.

Two year old Gage Wilkins is battling a rare disease that severely weakens his immune system.

 A bone marrow transplant is the only cure.

Now the family from Baldwin is in the process of looking for a donor while working to keep Gage healthy.

Two year old Gage Wilkins has Chronic Granulomatous disease, which greatly compromises his immune system. He was diagnosed last year.

“We’ve had tons and tons of doctor’s appointments. He’s had multiple ultrasounds of his liver and stuff and anytime he gets the slightest cough, or the slightest fever, we have to make sure something is not introduced to his body that will get him sick,” said his mom Jessica Wilkins.  

Only one in about two hundred fifty thousand people have this disease. A bone marrow transplant is the only cure.

“After his bone marrow transplant it’s going to be six months to a year before his immunity is back to where it needs to be. He’s going to end up having to go through hard chemo to knock out the rest of the immune system and make room for the new marrow,” said Jessica.  

A GoFundMe page has been set up and the community has put on fundraisers to help the family with expenses. Gage’s parents know they still have a long road ahead.

“When it comes time for him to have his bone marrow transplant I’m going to have to quit work and I’ll be at the hospital with him. I feel like we are getting through it as best we can, trying to stay strong but it’s pretty hard,” said Jessica.  

But Gage and his family are looking forward to a bright future

“We’re hoping for a positive outcome and I hope that its quick and everything works out like it’s supposed to so that his immune comes back as fast as possible and so that we can get back out there and do normal stuff,” said Jessica.

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