Benefit supports teen with rare blood disease

Will receive potentially life-saving transplant
Posted at 2:34 PM, Jun 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 14:18:08-04

A benefit was held on Sunday at Brighton Arena in Tonawanda to support the family of a 16-year-old Ken-Ton resident with a rare blood disease.

The event, entitled "Combat for Conner," supported Conner Vollmer and his family as he continues to undergo treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome.

In July, Conner, a sophomore at Kenmore West High School, will receive a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother Nolan, a student at Hoover Middle School, in hopes of curing the disease.

The benefit will help the boys' family pay for medical expenses.

Myelodysplastic syndrome is a rare blood disorder that affects the production of blood cells in bone marrow. It is especially rare in young people. A bone marrow transplant is the only known cure.