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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A 10-year-old Greenville boy is fighting for his life for the third time.
     
Doctor's diagnosed Anthony Mabery with leukemia when he was just two years old.
     
He was leukemia free this summer. But by the fall, his family learned the cancer was back.
     
This time, Doctors say his best chance at survival is a bone marrow transplant.

He may look like your typical 10-year-old. But behind the smile and wrestling gear is a young man who is battling leukemia.
     
Just months after celebrating being cancer free, Mabery learned the leukemia was back for the third time.

"Devastated, terrified, relieved, and scared," said Anthony Mabery about the diagnosis.
 
“We was just certain that we had finally closed that chapter in our life only to find out during a routine visit that his cancer had returned," said Star May, Anthony’s mother.
 
But this time the fight to beat cancer will be a little harder. Doctors say his best chance of surviving is a bone marrow transplant.

There are more than half million potential donors on the Be the Match registry, a National Marrow Donor Program that helps connect patients with donors.  
     
Doctors say because Anthony is a minority, the chances of him finding a donor drop from 93 percent to just 66 percent.
 
"It's very difficult when you have a patient who you know you can cure completely if you had the right donor. Despite there being tens of thousands of people on the registry, there is just no one for that particular person," explained Dr. George Huck Jr., ECU Brody Asst. Professor Pediatric Oncology.
 
"What was surprising to us to hear the staggering numbers that minorities of all ethnic groups are at the lower part or being donors. Facing that reality, because we come from a Hispanic and African American background, it put Anthony certainly in a different bracket," said Maye.
 
So Mabery and his family are holding a bone marrow drive on Dec. 8 to find a donor. Not just for Anthony, but all the others who need a transplant.  
 
“It's just not me. It's other people, so it would be amazing if 100 or  more than 100 come and swab and be a match, for me and other people," said Mabery.
 
"You can be the match for someone out there who life depends on it. Anthony's life depends on it and so many other people lives depend on you and I," his mother said.

Not only can you sign up to be a donor, but there will be vendors there so you can shop as well.
     
Mabery also has the backing of the WWE. On Wednesday, the McMans, who graduated from ECU, sent Anthony  autographed t-shirts, hats, and arm bands that say 10 years strong.

Anthony's bone marrow drive is set for Sunday, Dec. 8 at Lake Forest Elementary School from 2pm-6pm.   
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