Posted 3:42 PM 6/1/2012 : 19-year-old's horse helps her get through disorder
TUCSON-Teen Delia Gonzalez suffers from a rare blood disorder and to get back to her usual activities she needs a bone marrow transplant.
Throughout her illness, she said a very special companion helps keep her head up during this bump in the road.
Being with her horse, Santiago, is the highlight of Gonzalez's day.
Gonzalez has aplastic anemia, a disorder that keeps her body from producing new blood cells.
She's had the disorder for 2 years now.
"Three weeks ago, I relapsed and the medicines not working anymore," said Gonzalez.
Without working medication, Delia's health will continue to decline unless she gets a bone marrow transplant.
"It's hard to want to do stuff and can't because you don't feel up to it," said Gonzalez.
So while Delia sits on the sidelines for most of her favorite activities, at least she can be near her special companion to brighten her day.
"It's nice to have something to escape to because horses--he doesn't see me as a sick person so it's nice," said Gonzalez.
So far, there hasn't been a match for Delia, and to increase her chances of getting a transplant, her friends and family have organized a bone marrow drive.
"We're just all very hopeful that she is going to get to have her bone marrow transplant and be riding him again one day," said her mother Marta Gonzalez.
If you would like to help Delia, you can head to Reid Park ramada 7 or Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, June 3 from 8 to 1 p.m. for a bone marrow drive.
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