Brown University Football safety Matthew, got a call in his dorm room a week before finals notifying him that he was a perfect genetic match for a male patient who desperately needed a bone marrow transplant. While somewhat shocked to hear that he was a perfect match for a patient, Matthew never gave it a second thought. He was going to save a life.
“I was blessed with the opportunity to donate,” Matthew said, realizing that there are many people on the Be the Match Registry who have never been contacted to donate. Described as a giving, humble, and personable young man, Matt donated his bone marrow during a two-hour procedure where they extracted marrow from his hip bones. “The important thing to remember is, more and more people are getting diseases like cancer and leukemia every day, which means we need more and more donors to make a difference, to save their lives,” Matt explains. “That is why when you have the chance to change someone’s life, you need to step up to the plate.”
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