Kernersville, N.C.-- Nicholas Thornton has aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease. Since his diagnosis, the community has stepped up to save his life.
Nancy Thornton told WFMY that Nicholas had a bone marrow transplant in September. That was after his diagnosis in January 2013. He suffered two brain hemorrhages shortly after his diagnosis. Nicholas became immobile.
Recovery and rehab required transportation to Charlotte several times a week. Nicholas is confined to a wheel chair and needed a specific van to get to and from doctor's appointments.
A nonprofit group called Kisses4Kate raised $14,000 toward the cost of the van. A local church and Nicholas' classmates have also contributed. Students are even making and selling bracelets.
The Thornton family still has a long road ahead. Long-term medical care will be needed as Nicholas recovers.
To help pay off the van, you can donate at Kisses4Kate or leave a donation at any Wells Fargo branch for the Nicholas Fund.
WFMY News 2