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Search for Donor to Help Boy

By Al Pefley email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)

Six year old Max Clark of Wellington may like to run and play. But this is one problem he can't run away from.  He has a rare form of leukemia. And without a bone marrow transplant, his dad says there isn't much hope.

"He doesn't get discouraged very often. He keeps a pretty optimistic attitude. And he doesn't look at what's gonna happen next week or next year. He just knows he wants to get better," said Jim Clark, his dad.

As Max played nearby, people stopped at the blood mobile parked outside the West Palm Beach City Hall to have their cheek swabbed, a simple test to find out if they might be a suitable bone marrow donor for Max.

Max has had radiation and chemotherapy, since he was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2007.

His cancer was in remission until it came back a couple of weeks ago.

"It's a tough process. He got through it the first time very well and we know that this next stage is gonna be very difficult. It's gonna be more difficult," Clark said.

Max's dad is well-known around City Hall. He's the station manager of West Palm TV18, the city's government access television channel. He says seeing co-workers and total strangers signing up, to see if they're a bone marrow match for Max, is heartwarming.

"It's amazing.  And it really helps, helps us get through this," Clark said.  The search goes on for a bone marrow donor, and until they find one, Max will go on being a "little" boy, with "big" hopes for a recovery.   Max's 9 year old brother was also tested recently to see if he might be a suitable bone marrow donor.  Clark says they'll find out in a week or so.

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