Deryn Blackwell figured if he was going to die young, he would at least have a good funeral.
The 14-year-old from Watton, Norfolk was given just days to live this past December after suffering for nearly four years from leukemia and Langerhans cell sarcoma, two forms of cancer. Deryn had his entire memorial planned; from the Mohawk pink haircut he would sport in his casket to the song he would have played in the procession ("Move Your Feet" by Danish duo Junior Senior).
Then, a miracle happened. The second week in January, a bone marrow transplant Deryn's family thought was a failure, combined with various medications and a positive attitude, gave the young boy a second chance at life. After being sent to hospice, saying his good-byes and going off medication, out of nowhere, his body began to recover.
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