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Boy donates bears to St. Jude

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South boy knows what it's like to be a patient at St. Jude.

Now for his 10th birthday, he wants to give a birthday gift to some special patients.

Ethan Menne has been a patient at St. Jude since 2004.

It was there doctor's discovered he had a rare blood disorder.

But with the help of St. Jude, Ethan was able to beat the disorder.

And now with the help of some special friends, Ethan is helping encourage other patients.

Ethan Menne's a survivor.

His mom said he wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the hospital staff at St. Jude Children's Hospital.

"Without St. Jude and God my little miracle man wouldn't be here today," said mother Julie Depriest.

At 18 months old, Ethan developed a rare bleeding disorder.

He is the 13th kid in the world to be diagnosed with the disease and the first kid at St. Jude with the disorder.

Doctor's gave him a 15 percent chance of living without a bone marrow transplant.

Fortunately, they were able to find a 100 percent match.

"He turned 10 yesterday, he's doing wonderful, he gets to play sports and do all the things 10 year old boys are suppose to do," said Depriest.

For his 10th birthday, Ethan said he wanted to encourage other kids at St. Jude to keep surviving.

That's why after seeing a Build-A-Bear commercial featuring a bear wearing a St. Jude T-shirt, Ethan decided to build and hand out bears to St. Jude patients.

"He knows what it feels like and what's it's like to be there, and he just wanted to give to them - which makes me one proud mama," said Depriest.

Ethan and his mother plan to deliver the bears sometime over the next couple of weeks.

Julie said they have the patients in mind they want to give the bears to, but they must get clearance from St. Jude.

The kids have to be healthy enough to get the bears because the bears can carry germs.

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