BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Celebrating life, by giving the gift of life, isn’t a typical 8-year-old’s birthday party but Abron Frye isn’t your average 8-year-old either.

For the last year, he’s been fighting T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“We were on the front line, we saw the need and we felt what it was like to need.  He was diagnosed March 23rd last year and he had to start chemo the next day, and it was intense chemo,” said Misty Frye, Abron’s mother.  

75% of the cells in Abron’s body are cancerous. His parents say the many blood transfusions he’s had kept him alive. That’s why the family is asking for community support when it comes to blood donations.

“There are so many kids in the state of Louisiana right now that are battling leukemia, sickle cell, different types of cancer and in order for them to continue with the chemo treatments, they need blood,” said Frye.  

The family isn’t raising awareness alone, in partnership with the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated, Frye and his family have had the full support of the sisterhood throughout their journey.

“Last year for his birthday, we saw the fear, we saw the anxiety, and this year to be a year into it and to see him happy and to see him laughing and playing, it’s just a totally different experience,” said Kimberly Clark, member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.  

They say the biggest lesson in all of this is community and family. They continue to urge people to donate blood.