COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — More than 100 people attended a bone marrow registration drive Tuesday to benefit a Burrillville boy in need of a transplant.
Tyler Seddon turns 7 years old on Thursday and he’s currently battling a second round of Leukemia.
His story gained national attention after his mother set up a Facebook page hoping to make his birthday a special one this year. She sought cards from Tyler’s heroes, police officers and firefighters, and he wound up receiving birthday wishes from first responders from as far away as Germany and France.
The drive was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hopkins Hill Volunteer Fire Department on Bestwick Trail in Coventry. Dozens donated blood and registered to donate bone marrow at a similar event last week in Burrillville.
- Photos: Marrow drive held for Tyler
Burrillville police have planned a big celebration for Tyler on Thursday, in which they’ll pick him up from his home, take him to their headquarters and swear him in as colonel for the day. Sgt. Brian Pitts said the event that’s planned will be spectacular.
“He’s going to be my boss in that cruiser telling me what to do,” he said.
They will then head to Wright’s Farm, where hundreds of police officers and firefighters will be waiting to wish him a happy birthday.
Tyler Seddon’s Birthday Message from the LAPD
BCPD’s Birthday Message to Tyler Seddon
Happy Birthday Tyler! From the Miami-Dade Police Department