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9 Year Old Needs One Match To Beat Cancer For Good


By Jeff Tang 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Bickford has beaten the odds for nearly half his life. The 9-year-old has battled Neuroblastoma since he was 5 years old.

When doctors found out he had cancer, it was already advanced and spreading. 

"He had a 10, 20 percent chance of living at that point," said Austin's mother Nina Norfleet. 

Austin made the odds look silly when he beat the cancer into remission, then beat it again when it came back a second time. 

"He's a fighter. He's so strong. There's not anyone else like him," said Norfleet. 

Though his spirit has never given up the fight, unfortunately, part of his body has started to.

"The problem with his bone marrow is there's disease in them," said Norfleet. 

What Austin really needs is a bone marrow transplant, but there's a problem. 

"There are 5 million people in the registry, and he doesn't have a single match at all," said Norfleet.

On Saturday, friends are hosting a bone marrow registry, hoping they'll find a match that leads to a cure for Austin.

"It'll keep me in remission. I want that to happen," said Bickford. 

Until it does happen, rest assured Austin Bickford will keep fighting. 

"Just as long as God is on your side you'll be okay. I'll be okay - I hope we win the battle," said Bickford. 

To get his treatments, Austin and his family faithfully make the two hour trip to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt from their home in Stewart County. 

His family said not once has he complained about the situation. 

When he can, Austin stays busy by playing baseball and hunting. 

The bone marrow registry and blood drive will be held this weekend for Austin Bickford. The drive will be held at the Stewart County High School, January 16 between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The process is easy and painless; it simply requires some paperwork and a cheek swab, and it is done free of charge. 

If you would like to donate, contact Randy Petersen. Randy can answer any questions you may have concerning the event. His contact numbers are 931-980-5583 or 931-647-7489.

email: jtang@newschannel5.com

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