Sean Casey’s Fighting Spirit

Sean Casey, a 15-year-old freshman at Mt. Carmel High School, has inspired his family, friends, and community with his ability to remain steadfast in the face of adversity. The avid sports player was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome in May 2013, a debilitating illness that nearly paralyzed him. Doctors informed him that it would be a year before he could play sports again. That didn’t stop Sean though, and by October 2013 he had a spot on the MCHS football team. Unfortunately, Sean was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia shortly after and could not play in a single game, but Sean wasn’t going to give up so easily. His mother shared, “After he heard of his diagnosis he never once believed it was unbeatable.”


The Casey family planned a bone marrow drive recently to help their son, who decided he’d organize a toy drive at the same time to collect toys for Rady Children’s hospital’s Hematology/Oncology clinic. His mother proudly stated, “When we were planning the blood drive all he wanted to do was collect toys for other kids with cancer and blood disorders.” The bone marrow drive was a huge success, with over 70 people added to the national bone marrow registry, and Sean collected over 300 toys for Rady Children’s hospital. The Casey family would like to thank the PQ community for all of their support, including all the volunteers and businesses that helped with the bone marrow drive. Visit to find out more information about becoming a bone marrow donor.