Young bone marrow recipient cheered at Arlington homecoming

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Posted on October 6, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:22 PM

ARLINGTON — An Arlington teenager's return from the hospital turned into a huge neighborhood party on Saturday.

We've told you about Ethan Tepera before, following his fight against a rare form of leukemia and the search for a bone marrow match.

The 13-year-old finally found a match, and is now working toward his recovery.

He won't be healing alone.

Ethan — wearing a surgical mask, a Grand Prairie Lion football sweatshirt and an FC Dallas cap — arrived to find more than 100 people had turned out with signs and balloons to welcome him home.

"Very moving... it touched our hearts," said Melissa Tepera, Ethan's mom. "Ethan didn't know what to do; you could tell he was just touched and moved."

Tepera's parents said Ethan still has a long journey of recovery ahead. They are looking forward to November 23, when they can celebrate 100 days since the bone marrow transplant.

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