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BLOOD DRIVE: Teen Gives Back On MLK Day

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Instead of relaxing or sleeping in on his day off from school, one boy decided to give back on Martin Luther King Day.

Isaiah Newsome held a blood drive to pay it forward for all the blood donations he`s received over the years.

Newsome has sickle cell anemia. Every three weeks he receives blood exchanges where his sickled blood is removed and replaced with donor blood.

“The people that have come to this drive today have come to support Isiah because they know what he goes through,” mom Charice Williams said. “They see the pain that he goes through they see the struggles, but then they see the smile.”

In addition to his blood drive he`s also encouraging people to become registered bone marrow donors. A perfect bone marrow match could cure Newsome`s disease.

Newsome`s dream is to become a pediatric hematologist so that he can help other kids with this disease.

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