Get your tissues ready. Five-year-old Seth Lane has taken the internet by storm, and for good reason. Thanks to his family’s viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth, this sick little boy has captured the hearts of thousands. Click to watch his sweet video!
Leanne Lane took to YouTube on March 11 and asked the world for the tiniest favor, to wear yellow on March 27 for her little boy, Seth. The reason? Her five-year-old boy is battling severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), also known as “bubble boy disease,” and she wanted to show him that he has support all over the world. Amazing.
Seth Lane, 5: Thousands Come Together To Wear Yellow For ‘Bubble Boy’
Leanne never expected for her YouTube video to become a viral sensation, but the outpouring support is astonishing. It all started because her five-year-old son Seth was born with no immune system.
“Basically, he was born with no immune system and has no way of fighting any form of infection,” she told ABC News. “The only ways those children can survive is having a bone marrow transplant. He had his first one when he was 7 months old, but it tried to fight his body and treat it like it was a virus or infection.”
Her goal with the video was to raise awareness about a life saving procedure for those fighting SCID, as well as show Seth that there’s people all around the world who care about him. She had Seth hold up signs asking them to wear yellow and share it on the Web using the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.
“Yellow is Seth’s absolute favorite color. He loves anything yellow. If I put a yellow shirt on, he says, ‘Look, yellow!’ It perks him up when he’s feeling rubbish, really,” Leanne told the outlet. “We said we’re going to hang them [photos] all up, but I think there’s going to be a lot more pictures than we thought. I think we’ll need a football stadium.” So sweet, this is a great idea.
Seth Has Spent Most Of His Life In A ‘Bubble’
Its been a long road for Seth. He has to have his gallbladder removed next week, and if all goes well, Seth will start chemotherapy in five weeks. Then he will have his second bone marrow transplant eight days later, thanks to his father who will be his donor, according to ABC News.
“It’s before bone marrow transplants happen – that’s where the term ‘bubble boy’ comes from,” she told the outlet. “They need to stay in a bubble to have any chance of surviving until the bone marrow transplant. Even the common cold could lead to death because his body cannot deal with it, but if the transplant is successful, then he can be cured.”
She added, “It’s about raising awareness about how a bone marrow transplant can literally save a life. It’s not something a lot of people know about it. I didn’t know about it until Seth was diagnosed.”
Well, we think she accomplished her mission! We’re all rooting for you Seth!
HollywoodLifers — did you wear yellow for Seth today? If not, there’s still time!
— Brittany King