Boy, 8, meets the bone marrow donor who saved his life live on ‘GMA’ Video

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ifou look at those dunes, they say six to eight feet of sand have fallen off the top of the dunes. We are trying to find out more information about that, and we will bring you a live report at noon. Live in sandwich, Josh brogadir, WCVB newscenter 5. Antoinette: Thank you. We will stay on track of time. So 70% of the time people need a bone marrow transplant, they weren’t fortunate to have someone in my family like I was blessed to have woman right here and that’s where be the match comes in and one of the many people it helped was a young boy named A.J. And we want to share his story with you. ??? He was a really healthy boy. All of a sudden in the middle of the night he woke up with leg pain and the following day the leg pain was so excruciating that we had to take him to the E.R. Reporter: In the hospital on his fourth birthday in January 2013 A.J. And his family received a life-changing diagnosis. We found out that it was actually leukemia. So we knew that we needed to get to Walter reed as fast as possible. Reporter: Living overseas while dad Jeff served in the military, A.J. And his family immediately flew back to the states for treatment. A.J. Was so sick, the treatment was so intense. Alexa and I were shifting each other out at the hospital. Eventually he did reach remission. Reporter: Unfortunately in the summer of 2015 A.J. Relapsed. It was another setback. It came back in two locations so that’s a clear indication that the treatment wasn’t working. Reporter: At that point we knew that a transplant was really his only option. The first step was for all of us to be tested. And none of us were a match. Reporter: The family turned to be the match, an organization that helps patients find their life-saving donors. And thankfully they found A.J. A match. A 22-year-old woman, that’s all the family knew at the time. Meanwhile, A.J. Kept on fighting. Felt like a very long road leading up to his transplant day. He went through a lot of heavy-duty chemotherapy. Reporter: Throughout the difficult process like a typical kid A.J. Found small moments of joy in his toys and even dancing. Woo. A.J. ??? Reporter: For a.j.’s mom it was a glimmer of hope she needed. Writing to her son’s donor. So I’m thinking of you as you head to the hospital today for your procedure and I thank you from the very depths of my heart for what you’ve done for my little boy. Reporter: After 270…

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