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Beckham was just six years old when he went from being healthy and happy to having constant fevers and not feeling well. After a week in the hospital, he was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). This rare and life-threatening condition prevented Beckham’s body from fighting off infection or disease.

Fortunately, Beckham was diagnosed quickly, because HLH can be fatal if not treated within 30 days of symptoms. After 12 weeks of chemotherapy, Beckham relapsed, and needed a bone marrow transplant to save his life. With just two days’ notice, he and his mom were on a plane to Cincinnati, where they lived for seven straight months while he underwent and recovered from the transplant. It was a success. Beckham is again a thriving, active boy, with a new friend—a young man named Matt who donated the bone marrow that saved his life.

“At the onset of the diagnosis we kept thinking, what are we going to do?” says Beckham’s mom. “But we tried to take each day as it came, knowing that with each day we were closer to healing. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months, and here we are today.”

  1. Annelise
  2. Brenna