Two years ago, DiMante Bronaugh was tearing up the high school football field with 1,200 yards in a single season as a running back.
Today, he’s fighting for his life. The 19-year-old Aliquippa High School (Pennsylvania) student was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Bronaugh is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant, and after finding two matches, the teen was heartbroken to learn that his matches withdrew and decided not to be donors.
Bronaugh needs the transplant to come from someone of black ancestry, but according to the Central Blood Bank, only 7% of registry members are black.
Family, friends, and even the wives of the Pittsburgh Steelers have hosted events and bone marrow drives to help find him a match.
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So, if you’re in the Pittsburgh area, get your cheek swabbed. Community Donor Centers in Pittsburgh can be reached at 412-209-7000 or at centralbloodbank.org.
Here’s more on Bronaugh from KDKA: