Bone marrow drive held for 1-year-old cancer patient

Local residents came to the police station Sunday to step forward, get tested, and see if they're a bone marrow match to one-year-old Kaydin Almstrom.

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – The Warwick Police Station opened its doors Sunday to serve the community, but this time in an unconventional way.

Dozens came to the station Sunday to step forward, get tested, and see if they’re a bone marrow match to 1-year-old Kaydin Almstrom.

Kaydin is already fighting his second cancer diagnosis and finished his final round of chemotherapy on Sunday.

“He is resilient, he really is,” says Kelly Almstrom, Kaydin’s mother. “Sometimes you can tell he’s not really feeling so great from the medication he’s receiving but in between those times he’s laughing and playing and doing everything a 1-year-old should be doing.”

Kelly Almstrom explained at Sunday’s bone marrow drive that Kaydin didn’t need a bone marrow transplant after his first cancer diagnosis, but because he relapsed he’s in need of a transplant now.

“He’s 1-year-old. People want to see him have a life. He’s been in the hospital more than he hasn’t,” Barbara Smith, Kaydin’s grandmother, tells Eyewitness News.

When asked about all of the people who came out Sunday to be tested, Kaydin’s aunt Nicole Almstrom says it is “nice to see everybody reach out because there’s a lot of faces in here that I don’t know. Strangers.”

Kaydin has been receiving treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Kelly Almstrom says Sunday’s drive could also help to find a match for any of the other children receiving treatment at Hasbro.

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