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11-year-old St. Pete boy dances while waiting for a bone marrow donation for his rare blood disorder

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King Grant
Posted at 3:41 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 06:23:38-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — King Grant loves to have dance-offs and rap battles.

Unfortunately, he is unable to go outside and play with friends because his immune system is weakened.

“I get tired easily,” King says.

The 11-year-old tries to have all his fun inside. Video games help, too. Anything to take his mind off the “sickly stuff.”

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King suffers from a rare blood disorder. He's waited years and years to receive a bone marrow transplant to help him.

The problem is bone marrow matches for African-Americans are rare.

So he waits with his family.

King takes pills and liquid medicines. He also needs shots, which he hates most of all.

“I don’t like it at all,” says King.

The pre-teen has been in and out of hospitals all his life.

King’s mother Latasha Grant is urging the community to register for bone marrow donation at Gift of Life.

You can also reach Latasha, who distributes swab kits to find bone marrow matches, on her Facebook page.