Six years separate Joshua and Jude Cobler but their brotherly bond is amazing. Cancer made it stronger.
In August 2010, Jude started kindergarten. Four days later, he was rushed to the hospital with a 104 fever. That's when he and his family got the scary diagnosis, an acute form of leukemia. His mother, Boots told me she cried all day long. His dad, Keith said the good news was that Jude had a form of blood cancer with a good success rate, if chemotherapy works. But in Jude's case chemo didn't work and he needed a bone marrow transplant.
Doctors always want to look at a sibling as the first possible bone marrow donor. Joshua had a 1 in 4 chance, the test showed he was a match and that helped save Jude's life. Joshua said a day of soreness is the only side effect of being a bone marrow donor, a small price to pay to save someone's life.
8-year-old Jude is in excellent health and playing the sports he loves. His brother is his hero; in fact they held hands as they sat side by side for my interview. Very sweet! Joshua and a friend publish "The Sibling Times" at Children's Medical Center in Dallas to help siblings of cancer patients help with the fear and isolation. 14-year-old Joshua now thinks he wants to be a pediatric oncology doctor.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of North Texas will give Joshua its "Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award" in honor of his service to his brother and so many other siblings of cancer patients. Congratulations Joshua! Continued Good Health, Jude!
If you'd like information about being a bone marrow donor go to www.marrow.org
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