DAYSIDE: 'Be a Match" Sue Straughn Dayside interview

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 02:10 PM CDT
DAYSIDE:
Sometimes -- our stories hit close to home this next one, certainly does.
Miles Wright has literally grown up around Channel Three.
   
As a newborn, Miles was featured in a Public Service Announcement and he's a fixture at our station events especially Communities Caring at Christmas.
   
He's a member of our family and he -- and thousands like him need our help.
<<We've seen Sue Straughn on the news out working in the community for countless charities but we've never seen her like this.

Miles has.
He's her 16 year old nephew  She's his ride to watch wrestling skate parks  video game stores.

(("He's always been my buddy, he's my running partner, he helps me pick out wardrobe."))
   
Last summer -- Miles began treatment for an aggressive form of leukemia.

(("We've been blessed.  The children have been healthy.  When Miles was diagnosed in June, life altering.  Shattering."))

After six months of chemo and hospital stays  Miles went into remission on Thanksgiving Day.

By January, the cancer was back.
The high school sophomore focused on comforting his mom, Sue's sister.

(("Mama, we did this  one time.  And we'll do it again and I just lost it at that point."))
   
(("It was a bummer.  I'm not gonna lie, cause it's like the one year I actually enjoy school, I have to come back here."))

Oncologist Angie Brown is Miles' doctor.
(("Miles makes us laugh.  Even when he's not feeling good he's very polite.  He's well mannered, we tease him, he's an old soul that loves fast cars."))
   
But Brown had tough news for the teen getting him back into remission would now be much harder. The odds considerably slimmer.

(("I wasn't sad hearing that.  Only thing that went through my mind was, okay.  God's given us 40-50 percent I'm taking it.  I'm claiming it   and we're running with it."))
   
Miles needs a bone marrow transplant.  Noone in his family matches his tissue type.  Aunt Sue immediately began planning  a series of Bone Marrow Registry Drives.

(("The fact that she's organizing all of this means so much to me and I know it has to mean a lot to other people who need transplants."))
   
Sue knows finding Miles a  match through the drives is a longshot. She knows someone, somewhere will get their's because of them.

For the lady who has done so much -- for so many -- for so long asking for help is humbling but not hard.   
(("I'm making this appeal not for me.  I'm making this for a very special 16 year old and for every special 16, 10, 12, six month old, 99 year old when out there.  This is bigger than us, it's bigger than Miles.  We want to do a greater good."))
   
Our  drives kick off tomorrow morning here at our studios on Mobile Highway  beginning at 7 am.
We'll wrap it up tomorrow night at the Blue Wahoos game.DAYSIDE: 'Be a Match" Sue Straughn Dayside interview
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