An Aplastic Anemia Feel-Good Story to Restore Your Spirits

While Trey Finomore, a preteen from Colorado, was visiting family in Ohio, his parents noticed he was collecting a lot of bruises. Most of the time, it’s expected kids will get a little banged up on the playground, climbing trees, leaping across gigantic puddles… But the kind of bruising Trey was experiencing was way out of the norm. He was examined in the emergency room. The news was awful. Trey had aplastic anemia, which is a fancy way of saying his bone marrow was failing to manufacture healthy red blood cells.

Trey spent quite a lot of time in and out of hospitals in both Ohio and Colorado. His medical team determined his best option was to have a stem cell transplant. The stars began to align for Trey and his family. It so happened that one of his siblings was a perfect match.

The next problem was how to pay for not only the procedure, but also housing and transportation during the months-long process. Trey’s parents set up a GoFundMe account with the goal of raising $20k. Instead, they raised over $35k.

The transplant has been successful and Trey is now home with his family and each month his doctors report good progress. It’s nice to see that once in a while, everything really can turn out better than OK.


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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