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12-year-old Gaithersburg boy launches fundraiser for liver transplant clinic

12-year-old Gaithersburg boy launches fundraiser for liver transplant clinic (ABC7)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (ABC7) -- A 12-year-old Gaithersburg boy who nearly lost his life to a liver disease spent Christmas Eve helping others and he not even fully recovered.

On the outside, Dvir Sabag looks like your everyday happy and healthy kid. But he has a unique story.

"I was achy, didn't feel good at all. I was just scared," said Dvir.

"I was screaming thinking this can't happen. This isn't happening. He was just playing basketball ten days ago," added Dvir's mother, Julie Sabag.

In April, Dvir was diagnosed with acute liver failure caused by a rare disease that has no cure.

"He had zero energy and he didn't even want to be on his phone which was a huge sign to me that something was going on," stated Julie.

As Dvir recovers, waiting to find out if he needs a transplant, he's helping others. Thursday, he spent hours raising money as part of Bowl America's Annual Charity Bowl. On this Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a portion of the proceeds will go to his chosen charity: Medstar Georgetown University Hospital's Liver Transplant Clinic, which Dvir credits with saving his life.

In October, Dvir started his fundraising campaign with a raffle at his school. He raised $464. His goal Thursday is to beat that.

"My doctor told me to make a purpose for every day. I said to myself I want to raise money for kids who have what I have," said Dvir.

"I just want him to be happy. And I think it's wonderful that he has a purpose - I think it's important to have purpose every day. I know that's so cliché to say that, but I do," concluded Julie.

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