How a Teenage Cancer Patient Helped Another Family Deal with their Own Health Issues

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Teenage cancer patient at her 16th birthday party with a dog

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So, what do you do when your sweet 16 happens during a pandemic? Hold a virtual party? Collect gifts from friends and families. Well, if you are Mikari Tarpley, who is a patient at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, you get so much more by giving.

Mikari received her cancer treatment at the Aflac Cancer Center, and it just so happens that her neighbors, the Guillory family, are also frequents visitors to the hospital to treat little Sawyer’s sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that primarily impacts the African American community. 

Instead of focusing on herself, Mikari used her special occasion to raise funds for Sawyer and other children facing sickle cell disease. Sawyer was born with sickle cell disease, and Saxton, his twin, provided the bone marrow needed for his brother’s cure. 

To learn more about how a very special young lady gave back to a very special family, watch this story and find the true meaning of love, life and selfless devotion to others in need.