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High schools host bone marrow drives for Aliquippa teen

Ben Schmitt
| Thursday, November 3, 2016 5:27 p.m
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Charlotte Heyward-Holifield, mother of Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, helps host a bone marrow registration drive for DiMantae Bronaugh, a 19-year-old Aliquippa High School football player who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The registration drive took place Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at JW Halls Steak and Seafood Inn in Hopewell.
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Tevin Bronaugh (left), brother of Aliquippa High teenager DiMantae Bronaugh, who is battling leukemia, listens as his aunt, Anita Gordon, talks about her nephew’s struggles.

At least two area high schools plan to host bone marrow registration drives Friday as a way to try and help an Aliquippa football player who desperately needs a transplant to survive.

Woodland Hills and Clairton high schools announced on social media channels they will host donor drives during their WPIAL playoff games to benefit DiMantae Bronaugh, 19, of Aliquippa. Bronaugh, who rushed for 1,200 yards as a junior in 2014, is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He likely needs a transplant from a black donor.

Minorities largely are underrepresented on the national bone marrow transplant registry — only 7 percent of potential donors in the United States are black.

The Clairton Bears will set up a tent at Neil C. Brown Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Woodland Hills will begin its drive during halftime of its playoff game at the Wolvarena in Turtle Creek.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991 or bschmitt@tribweb.com.

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review assistant news editor. You can contact Ben at 412-320-7991, bschmitt@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

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