Tennessee boy is cancer free thanks to kid sister's bone marrow donation
8:13 AM, Mar 10, 2011
A Tennessee family is getting ready to celebrate their
son’s seventh birthday, but it was a gift from his little
sister that is making the celebration extra special.
Hunter Jones was diagnosed with leukemia last year and
received a bone marrow transplant from his sister Ronin. On Friday,
March 4th, Hunter’s family got a call from doctors telling
them he was cancer free.
"The morning that I knew that we were going to get the results I
had to get out of the house. I was just, uh, driving around town,
going places. We were just going to the thrift stores, anything to
distract myself. And then once I got home, and heard the news, I
kind of, sort of collapsed. And of course you feel elated. For me
though, it was just such an emotional experience. I didn't even
experience the joy immediately. I just felt exhaustion,” said
Hunter’s mother Mandy Jones.
Thursday, his mother posted on Facebook that Hunter had his last
nighttime dose of steroids, and will be cutting down his morning
doses. Now he is all about two things: subway sandwiches and hot
"He's taken the good news no differently than he took the bad
news. It almost feels like God's just put a protective barrier
around him, and he's just going about his life. All he cares about
is getting in the hot tub and eating lunch,” said Jones.
Hunter will be honored Friday at a local charity fundraiser
benefiting child cancer patients.