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Boy's life depends on bone marrow donor

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A 13- year-old boy's life depends on a bone marrow transplant from a donor of Latino descent.

Ethan Tepera of Arlington was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia called CML, chronic myelogenous leukemia, after suffering a concussion during a football game last October.

He was successfully treated and in remission but has recently relapsed.

Doctors say that his hope for survival depends on a bone marrow transplant, according to a press release.

Ethan must count on the mere ten percent of Hispanic donors in the database because he and his younger twin brothers, all half Latino, do not match.

Bone Marrow Donor Center, DKMS, will be registering new donors at Ethan's school, Grace Preparatory Academy, Saturday July 21, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For more information about DKMS or to learn more about registering as a bone marrow donor, visit

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