We are thrilled to bring you an update on the health of 10-year-old Sean Powell. You may remember, he was diagnosed with brain cancer and is currently being treated at Children's Hospital of Georgia for a fungal infection in his lungs.
All Sean wanted was 100 "likes" on his "Sean's Soldiers" Facebook page...and since our story aired...he’s received more than 15,000. His grandma refers to each one as "prayers"...ones that she says have been answered.
Sean has gone from being a boy who was knocking on death's door to one who is awake and responding to questions and had doctors clapping in his room when they saw he could breathe for the first time on his own.
Sean has a long road to recovery ahead of him but his grandma, Lisa, says they're not doing it alone. The entire community has come together trying to help Sean through prayers...and other ways. They’ve sold more than 500 bracelets that say "Seans Soldiers" on them and community members have also been holding bake sales to help the family...all ways to show Sean and his family that he's not fighting this battle alone.
"I think it's the first time that people came together on something that wasn't bad. Everybody pulled together for a little boy's life that they didn't know and it make me so happy that they would do that. It's usually always something bad that happens,” said Lisa Smith, Sean’s Grandmother. “But they did it for good this time and I love all of these people, I just can't express how much this had made me, him, and all of our other family members happy."
The next step for Sean is getting him to physical therapy. Doctors tell Lisa they expect he'll be out of the hospital in about 2 months.
If you'd like to buy a Sean's Soldiers bracelet and show your support or find out other ways you can help, click here for the information.
Sean's had 12 platelet transfusions in just 3 weeks. Starting Tuesday, you can help replenish that supply by donating blood or platelets in his honor.
You can head to one of the 3 Shepeard Community Blood Centers in Evans, Augusta and Aiken to donate. To find the hours at a location near you, call: (706) 737-4551
1336 Augusta West Parkway
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