Sick Dallas Child Looking For Bone Marrow Donor

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Resting in a hospital bed, 7-year-old Zach Guillot is clearly not happy. “I’d rather be out of here,” he said in frustration. This will be the second time that the Dallas first-grader is set to undergo chemotherapy for a rare type of leukemia.

The experience is exhausting. “People are coming in and poking and prodding on you all day long,” said Jeff, the boy’s father.

First diagnosed with leukemia about two and a half years ago, Zach received a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother, Jake. It seemed to work, for a while. But just before Thanksgiving, the symptoms of cancer returned, landing Zach back at Children’s Medical Center.

In some ways, the relapse has been worse. “I call it crushing stress,” said Zach’s mother, Julie. “I didn’t know if we could function through this because it was so stressful, because we knew what this meant – that this is a very uphill battle.”

Doctors are now looking outside of the family for the perfect donor, to give Zach his best chance at help. If the boy relapses one more time, he could be out of options. “He would probably not survive the cancer,” said Dr. Victor Aquino. “This is a life or death matter.”

“You can see me shaking,” said Julie. “I mean, there are days when we’re like, physically shaking.”

In an effort to help, the family is urging people to sign up with the National Marrow Donor Program, knowing that it will likely take the kindness of a total stranger to save their son’s life. “It could save Zach or any other kid here at Children’s this holiday season,” Julie said.

The family is also hosting a donor drive at Zach’s school – Parish Episcopal School, Midway Campus – from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Anyone who would like to help out is urged to show up at the event. You can also register online by clicking here.

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One Comment

  1. ken says:

    how do you determine a donor match blood type? im type O positive im 38 and very healthy and more than willing to donate to zach but more information is needed for people to understand exactly what is needed to help again what are the match requirements needed feel free to contact me reguarding zach doner requirements direct at
    Sincearly, ken

  2. Sherri Thornhill says:

    Ken–just click on the link at the end of the article. I did, and it explains everything you need to know. I just registered for a home swab kit (you just swab your cheek)..they will test it, determine your type and add you to the registry. They notify you if at any time you match someone in need. Get well soon Zach!

  3. Brennan Parmelee says:

    If you know of college kids that recently graduated from the RISD district, please inform them of the facebook event, “Zach’s Party” ! We are gathering to swab for him while coming together for the holidays.

  4. Bubbish says:

    I registered as a Marrow Donor over 10 yrs. ago to help 2 police officers who were co-workers of my sister, and am in the National Registry. Every time I read an article like this, I think: “I wish I was THAT match!” A simple blood test will determine if you are a potential donor, so come on, folks, sign up for Zach! Best wishes to Zach.

  5. Tawny Nuesmeyer McGehee says:

    Given my age and health problems, I am not eligible to register for this, but I did share teh National Register information on my facebook site with a message encouraging all of my friends that meet the requirments to consider registering for this. Good luck on finding a donor for your little boy and I will keep you in my prayers.

  6. me says:

    According to they would like donors to be between 18 and 44 years old (younger cells are better) but they will take 18 to 60 if you meet health guidlines (basically don’t be fat, smoker, etc) and cost to join is about $100…kinda narrows the crowd down.

  7. matthew belveal says:

    i was wondering if the doctors had acess to the dods bone marrow donors list i would donate in an instant my sister Heather Belveal works at childrens in dallas

  8. Philly Vet says:

    I was going to sign up after reading another story of a 5 yr old child in need of a life changing bone marrow transplant. I was devasted to find out because of a back injury suffered in the military. People really need to sign up and help another out, you never know you could be the one who could save a life!

  9. Philly Vet says:

    Wow that’s what I get for being distracted as a type…
    Should have had read: I was Devasted to find out because of a back injury suffered in the military I learned I could not become a donor. Horrible feeling when you really wish you could help out.

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