Amazing Boy Unites Community To Fight Aplastic Anemia

I’ve got to give a HUGE shout out to the folks at Larson Heights Elementary in Moses Lake, Washington!

One of their students, Michael Owen, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia back in January. He received platelets and blood transfusions, and was originally scheduled for a bone marrow transplant in early February.

Because of health complications, that procedure was put off until Feb. 28th. Now, though, Michael is in recovery and will remain hospitalized for the next month while his immune system rebuilds itself.

Faculty and staff at Larson Heights have shown their support by wearing “Team Michael” t-shirts.

The black shirts with white boxing gloves and the phrase “knock out aplastic anemia” were first worn on February 16th – the original date of Michael’s transplant. Since then, they’ve become a staple at the school.

In addition to showing their support for Michael, the entire Moses Lake community has put their money where their mouths are and donated to Michael’s GoFundMe page.  So far, the page has brought in half of the $10,000 needed to help cover Michael’s care.

Way to go Moses Lake, and good luck Michael! It’s always inspiring to watch people rally together!


Has your community rallied around someone with a rare disease? Give a shout out in the comments below! 

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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