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Steelers player's mother organizes another bone marrow drive for Aliquippa teen

Ben Schmitt
| Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, 3:42 p.m.

The mother of Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward is organizing another bone marrow registry drive for an Aliquippa teen in need of a transplant to survive.

The drive to help DiMantae Bronaugh, 19, is scheduled for Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Broadcast Room, 464 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa.

Bronaugh, who rushed for 1,200 yards as a junior for Aliquippa High School 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.

Heyward has a foundation called The Heyward House, which is dedicated to helping youths.

“The Heyward House is excited about another opportunity to join in the fight against blood cancer,” said his mother, Charlotte Heyward-Holifield. “We are asking for all to join the registry, not just for DiMantae but also for the others who have been inflicted with blood diseases.”

She is working in conjunction with DKMS, an international nonprofit dedicated to fighting blood diseases.

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

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