14-year-old donates bone marrow to 12-year-old brother with leukemia; boys fight cancer with music

Nonprofit provides instruments for sick kids

DENVER - Two brothers are fighting cancer with music after a nonprofit donated matching guitars to aid in the younger brother’s recovery from leukemia.

Jack Gleason, age 14, donated bone marrow to his brother Wyat, a 12-year-old leukemia patient. Blue Star Connection, an organization that gives musical instruments to sick children, gifted the brothers with two blue guitars to speed Wyat’s recovery.

Wyat was diagnosed last year. Jack prayed to be a match for Wyat, says the boys’ mother Andrea Gleason.

Jack's prayers came true.

Jack says he agreed to donate bone marrow to his brother in order to save his life.

“I mean, I want him to stick around for a little longer,” Jack says.

The brothers were admitted to the hospital Thursday. The operation is scheduled for early next week, and the boys will be recovering at the hospital for several weeks.

In the meantime, the brothers will practice playing their new guitars from Blue Star Connection.

"I think it's really neat that [Wyat] now has an opportunity to play [his guitar] in this process and it gives him something to do while he's recovering,” says Andrea.

The nonprofit provides children and young adults who are fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses with instruments and music lessons and sends them to live music shows.

Blue Star Connection will host a fundraising concert at the El Jebel Event Center Saturday, featuring 16-year-old blues guitar phenomenon Austin Young of Colorado Springs as the headliner. Young began playing guitar when he was Wyat’s age.

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