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November 2nd, 2012, 03:13 PM
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I said I would stop by and share this. So here goes. Many years ago Joey's donors church had a little boy who needed a transplant. C.M. registered that time but was never called. Until July 2010. She recieved the call for Joey at the same time as her own mom was battling cancer. Not wanting to give her family anything to worry about, she told no one but her husband. Not her own 4 kids, not her siblings, not her mom.

Our doctors had asked for marrow instead of periferal blood stem cells, because marrow would be the better and safer bet for Joey. This meant that she would have to go into the OR to have the marrow extracted from her hip, instead of the easier method of extracting stem cells from her blood (after several days of injections to stimulate release of cells). But she still agreed.

The day came to donate and she still had not told her family. She wanted their focus to be on her mom, who was terminal. Her lifesource sponsor (assigned by Be The Match) picked her up and took her to the hospital she would donate at. He stayed with her all day, while her husband took care of their kids. When she returned home, the whole family was together and she told them what gift she had given to us. Her mom, knowing her cancer was terminal, felt that she had someone to one day look after.

Joey received the cells from her late that night. At Christmas we anonymously exchanged Christmas cards. We still didn't know who she was, where she was, or any other information yet. It would be nearly another year before we would finally talk and exchange names and phone numbers (and email addresses)

The day I got her information, I sent her an email. She came home from work and found my email and tells me she was so blessed. We have exchanged pictures, and I have shared Joey's new life with her. Sadly her mom passed away shortly after she donated. In fact, the timing is amazing, because her mom lost her battle the same time that Joey was struggling in his battle.

We still send a few letters here and there and if we ever go to Illinois, we are hoping to meet with her. But now, we are just blessed by her gift of life, by God's hand guiding everyone involved, and by the love and compassion a stranger gave.
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November 2nd, 2012, 05:29 PM
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That's awesome
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November 2nd, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Wonderful story! It is amazing to see how God lines things up long before we ever know we will need them.
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That's a beautiful story, it brought tears to my eyes.
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November 4th, 2012, 06:54 PM
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Wow! That is beautiful!
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