9-Year-Old Gives His 3-Year-Old Brother The Gift Of Life With A Bone Marrow Transplant

9-Year-Old Gives His 3-Year-Old Brother The Gift Of Life With A Bone Marrow Transplant

A fourth grader in Garrard County has had a life-saving summer.
Dusty Duggins wants to be a professional baseball player when he grows up and he loves riding his bike but he made a decision that saved his little brothers life.

Dusty’s little brother Dawson has Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare blood disorder.  The only cure is a bone marrow transplant.  Dusty was a perfect match.

About two weeks ago, Dusty gave his bone marrow to his little brother.

After a quick recovery, Dusty is back to normal. 

Since the transplant, all of Dawson’s diseased bone marrow has been killed off and he’s accepted Dusty’s cells as his own.

Its news the Duggins family has been hoping and praying for.  They say barring any bad luck, Dawson is on his way to recovery.

“I hope that he just gets his normal life back and not have to do any blood transfusions or any of that stuff,” said Dusty.

Dawson will stay at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a few more months then be quarantined to their home for about a year.

His mom says he loves getting mail. You can send him mail at:

Dawson Duggins
333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229

There's also a Team Dawson Facebook Group set up.

Donations are being accepted at Farmer's National Bank under Jamie Lynyel Duggins - Team Dawson.

Team Dawson shirts and wrist bands are available from Judy Duggins Kisha Stout at (606) 303-3306 or at Sweets by Cindy in Junction City.

Sweets by Cindy is also selling cupcakes from July 29th-Agust 2nd. One dollar from each cupcake will go to the Team Dawson Fund.

A handmade Amish UK quilt will be auctioned off in October along with other upcoming events.

A Team Dawson Benefit Vendor Fair Fundraiser will be August 2nd at the old Go Chevrolet Building from 4-8 pm. Vendors will be donating a portion of their sales to Team Dawson.

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