On Friday Show Your Support For Five-Year-Old Seth Lane By Wearing Yellow

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On Friday March 27th, five-year-old Seth Lane will undergo a bone marrow transplant - his second one in four and a half years. To show support and raise awareness of the Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) disease the young boy suffers from, his family has one simple request. They want everyone to wear Seth's favorite color yellow, and post pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.

Seth's parents plan to pin the countries the photos are posted from on a world map and paste it on the wall of his hospital room at Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, England. They will also print a few fun ones and plaster them on the walls so that when the Northamptonshire resident emerges from surgery, he knows that people worldwide are thinking of him.

Seth's mother Leanne says the idea of #WearYellowForSeth, came to her in 2010 when a friend who was battling leukemia mentioned that yellow signifies a strong immune system. Since Seth was about to undergo his first bone marrow transplant she decided to ask family and friends to show their support by wearing the color on the day of his surgery. At that time, Seth was only seven months old and not able to appreciate the support or the significance of the color.

Coincidentally, as the young boy has grown, yellow has become his color of choice. According to Leanne, Seth has a yellow playroom and loves seeing his younger brother in yellow. He also is a big fan of the little yellow minions from the "Despicable Me" movie series. Hence, when doctors informed her that Seth would have to undergo another bone marrow transplant, she decided to ask family and friends to once again show their support by wearing yellow.

What she had never envisioned was that her request would go viral with people all over the world planning to don the color on March 27th! So be sure to join in and support this brave young boy as he undergoes yet another challenge. Just knowing that people care will go a long way in helping Seth recover.

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) is a genetic condition that arises when the body is born without T cells - the most important white blood cells. Often described as the "police chiefs" of white blood cells they are responsible for identifying what illness the body is suffering from and sharing that information with other immune cells. Hence, people born without T-cells have no working immune system. Though there are numerous types of SCID, the most common and severe one is linked to the X-chromosome, which is why the disorder is largely seen in males.

Fortunately, SCID occurs very rarely and was relatively unknown until the mid 1970's. The disorder's worldwide fame and nickname, "bubble boy disease" can be credited to David Vetter. Born with X-linked SCID, the Texas resident spent most of his short life inside a plastic, germ-free bubble. He passed away in 1984, at the age of 13, after a bone marrow transplant attempt to enable him to live a normal life, failed.

SCID treatment has come a long way since. According to Dr. Rebecca Buckley, of Duke’s Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, the disease can now be diagnosed with a simple blood test. What's even better is that if caught in time, it is completely curable!

#wearyellowforseth!

Resources: fox8.com,orlandasentinel.com,scid.net,wikipedia.org,ourlittlehero.wordpress.com

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  • adroit_avimimus
    He is so adorable! This article was published in 2015, and it's 2022 now. After 7 years, I hope he's doing great!
    • nitria
      nitriaabout 1 year
      Yellow is my third favorite color. I feel terrible.💛
      • purple_peach744
        purple_peach744over 1 year
        I feel so bad! He is so cute! I hope his surgery went well!
        • sky_dragon
          sky_dragonover 1 year
          It was in 2015, hope he is fine now!
          • im_carly_shay
            im_carly_shayover 1 year
            Awwww i hope he gets better :( Poor Seth. Ok @bluesky234 LETS ALL WEAR YELLOW!!!!!
            • mint_maniac
              mint_maniacover 1 year
              We should all show our spirit for poor Seth by wearing vibrant yellow. I feel very bad for him, and we need to make him happy.
              • mint_maniac
                mint_maniacover 1 year
                Let's help him! I'm actually wearing yellow rn.
                • blasting-banana
                  blasting-bananaover 1 year
                  I am so glad he is ok
                  • gold3nglare
                    gold3nglareover 1 year
                    This reminds me of when my nephew had Leukemia. I'm happy that Seth survived. Sadly my nephew did not, but now I want to donate cash to cancer research to make sure no 2 years old or a kid of any age dies from cancer.
                    • playstationxmas
                      playstationxmasabout 1 year
                      I am so sorry about your nephew! That's tragic! 😭
                      • pusheenicorn
                        pusheenicornover 1 year
                        I'm so sorry about your nephew. 😞 I hope you get the money to donate. 💪
                        • sokeefe_forever
                          sokeefe_foreverover 1 year
                          Awww! I'm so sorry for your loss! I had 4 siblings who didn't actually make it long enough to be born, so I know how that is😪
                        • llama_momma
                          llama_mommaover 1 year
                          guys we can wear yellow this year too for seth