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

By Meera Dolasia on March 25, 2015

CCSS NCSS-8 Grades: 3-8 Word Search

On Friday March 27th, five-year-old Seth Lane will undergo a bone marrowtransplant – 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 inNewcastle, 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 strongimmune 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 bediagnosed with a simple blood test. What’s even better is that if caught in time, it is completely curable!


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

Article Comprehension:

  1. What is going to happen to Seth on March 27th? What is Seth’s family asking the world to do?
  2. What does yellow signify? What in the passage tells you that Seth likes the color?
  3. What is SCID? Why is it also called the “bubble boy” disease?
Critical Thinking Challenge:

If given the chance what would you do to help Seth feel better?

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  • # sam the man 425 minutes ago
    #yellow for seth
    • artemis122
      artemis12225 minutes ago
      oops…. i wore yellow! today!
      • # sam the man 426 minutes ago
        i will definetly wear yellow tomorrow hang in there seth
        • the Seth lover27 minutes ago
          Omg Seth just took my heart! Your in my prayers and I hope you get better! My new favorite color is yellow! Xoxo ❤
          • mayu0327
            mayu032734 minutes ago
            OMG! Good luck with your transplant! Lincoln school sends wishes!
            • ruin_devilmouth
              ruin_devilmouthabout an hour ago
              Seth you got my support I will post to Facebook and Instagram #wearyellowforseth
              • yruyxyggfedeshabout an hour ago
                good choice Seth love yellow!!!
                • Goethe schoolabout an hour ago
                  U are a amazing little boy and u are truly a inspiration😘😘😘
                  • Name goes hereabout an hour ago
                    totally wearing yellow!!! remember everyone’s supporting you Seth!!! #wearyellowforseth!
                    • Karina Shieldsabout an hour ago
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