Some people get starstruck when meeting famous actors, while others want athletes to sign their memorabilia. My coworkers and I get excited when we get to meet real-life superheroes — people give their time because they believe they must help others if given the opportunity.
David has volunteered at our Champions Neighborhood Donor Center with his parents for six years, which is impressive enough in our book, but he’s taken saving lives to a whole new level.
More than three years ago, David joined the Be The Match bone marrow registry after a friend was diagnosed with leukemia. Just a few months ago, he got the call that he was a match and was asked if he was still interested.
“Given the opportunity, I think everybody would deal with a little bit of discomfort to be able to save someone’s life,” David told us.
The procedure took about three hours, and David sat in comfort watching TV. His parents stayed by his side for the entire procedure, proud to see their son giving somebody else life.
David’s blood stem cells were set to be transplanted into a patient fighting leukemia. His healthy cells will help her fight the disease.
“This woman that I’m helping out is a 62-year-old female that I’ve never met before, and it doesn’t matter,” David said as his procedure was wrapping up. “It’s better for yourself. It’s better for other people.”
For more information on Be The Match and how you can help, click here.