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Local boy hopes to save his brother's life in fight with cancer

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CHICKAMAUGA, GA (WRCB) -

A North Georgia high school athlete is putting up a big fight against cancer. 15-year-old Cameron Scroggins has been in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant since early summer. His family put out the call for donors on Channel 3. Now we have an exciting update. He's found a match.
 
For months, the Chickamauga community has been hosting drives to find Cameron Scroggins a bone marrow donor. Community members submitted DNA samples to see if they're a match. Now he has some exciting news to share-- they've found one. It's someone he already shares a very special bond with.

"We were playing Xbox and I got a call from my mom saying my brother had a tumor and I just went to the bathroom and cried," Caiden Scroggins said.

Caiden Scroggins' says he hasn't stopped worrying about his brother Cameron for even a moment since January 1. That's when the Gordon Lee High School football and baseball player was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"It's changed me spiritually. I've gotten closer with God and I see things differently. I don't look at little things as taken for granted anymore. I say thanks for everything," Cameron said.

After relapsing in June, doctors said he has to have a bone marrow transplant. The search for a donor began as Cameron's condition worsened.

"On September 10th we found out chemo has stopped working and Cameron has relapsed a second time," mom Trina Robinson said.

Doctors planned to stop his chemo this month, but then something happened. DNA test results came back showing 12-year-old Caiden is a perfect match.

"I love him and I don't want nobody else doing it but me because I figured that could get us closer and closer every day that goes by," Caiden said.

"I'll actually be able to be a normal kid again, but I'm going to be Caiden Scroggins not Cameron Scroggins," Cameron said.

They'll find out soon if doctors will approve the transplant November 4th. In order for that to happen, his tumor has to respond to the stronger chemo he's on now.

"I'm definitely scared. I'm scared something's going to go wrong and he won't be able to get it and it just won't be worth anything," Caiden said.

But Cameron's mom and three siblings say his strength gives them the encouragement that he'll win this fight.

"We as a family are not willing to give up. We will go to the end's of the earth to cure Cam," Trina said.

Cameron is just a few days away from his 16th birthday. Tonight he'll be at the Ridgeland football game, where he'll be taken on the field as an honorary team member. Every high school football team in Walker County has been wearing his number, 39 on their helmets. The boys' schools have been donating proceeds from games to help with medical expenses.

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