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Local teen's battle with lymphoma inspires Glenmont fundraiser

"You know what was unbelievable is that I would look out and I didn't know any of these people," said Jackie Hill, Anthony's mom.

Members of the New York Giants who spend August in training at the University at Albany also became familiar with Anthony and the family.

"Eli Manning signed an autographed shirt and would telephone Anthony regularly to see how he was doing," said Ruff.

A bone marrow match was ultimately found for Anthony out of millions, and when the Hill family was contacted by the registry, their hopes were high, only to find the donor withdrew from the registry a day or so later.

"We were upset, but Anthony didn't feel that way," Hill said.

Ruff said the Run for Life event is a chance to register with the National Marrow Foundation and added that people should not sign up unless they are serious about it.

"We don't want anyone to be tested unless they want to," said Ruff recalling the disappointment everyone felt when Anthony's match dropped out of the program. There are currently two people in the Albany area in need of a bone marrow transplant. Proceeds from the event will go to the people who are waiting for a match.

Turner said the students at Berne Knox school that Anthony attended called him Superman. They also made wristbands at the school in Anthony's honor with his name inscribed on one side and the words "live fearless" on the other side.

"He always had a big smile on his face," said Turner.

Added Rhone, "He never saw the negative and could always find something good in anything."

For more information on Run for Life or the National Bone Marrow Foundation contact Jesse Turner at 439-9904 or Ella Ruff at 225-6980. Donation for the event is $30, with $10 for each additional rider.

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