In March 2013, WFAA covered a story about Medical City Children’s Hospital patient, Thomas Howlett, who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and underwent a bone marrow transplant from a non-related donor.

Dr. Joel Weinthal, a pediatric hematology/oncology physician at Medical City Children’s Hospital, performed Thomas’ bone marrow transplant in June 2011. AshleyStone was an anonymous donor who registered through the National Bone Marrow Registry. When she was contacted to donate bone marrow for Thomas, she knew she wanted to help the 14 year-old boy.

Thomas has since recovered from his procedure and is doing well. He recently graduated from high school and will attend college in Fall 2015. Thomas and Ashley will meet for the first time at a press conference hosted at Medical City and aim to raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow donations.

Original WFAA story coverage from March 13, 2013: