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Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992)

When a young girl is diagnosed with leukemia, her father and stepmother must decide if they should risk their son's life by exploring his potentiality as a bone marrow donor.

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Mel Robbins
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Richard Robbins
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Willy Robbins (as Joe Mazzello)
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Josh Ryan
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Dan Ryan
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Dr. Andrews
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Angela Vincente
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Ed Foster
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Benny (as Duke Moosekian)
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Sixteen-year-old Cassie Robbins is a spirited teenage girl, who loves her father Richard and stepmother Mel and dotes on her six-year-old half-brother Willy. But her carefree, happy life is forever changed when she is diagnosed with leukeamia and her only hope of a cure lies in a bone-marrow transplant. However, when Willy proves to be a match, Mel is not-so-willing to allow her young son to undergo surgery as he nearly died the last time he was operated on after reacting badly to the anaesthetic. Mel and Richard now have to decide if it right to risk the life of one of their children to save the life of the other child. And of Willy's own rights in deciding if he should help the sister he hero-worships...? Written by Melissa J

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To save the life of their daughter, they will have to risk the life of their son. See more »

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8 March 2004 | by (Langhorne, PA) – See all my reviews

This film was incredible. I was only 7 when it came out and I recorded it from tv and I just watched it again now, 11 years later. It's so much more than a sappy disease movie. It really makes you think about what you would have to do in their situation. It describes the situation between the step-mother, the father, and the brother. A huge part of the movie is whether or not they will allow their son to be a bone marrow donor. The whole time, I sided with the father, because the risks were small that he would be affected by it and he shouldn't have to grow up knowing that he could have saved his sister's life. A+++ I guarantee it to anyone who doesn't mind crying.


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