Leukemia survivor meets the donor who saved his life.
Leukemia survivor Michael Beltrame, a 42-year-old father of three, owes his life to a complete stranger who altruistically donated bone marrow cells for Mr. Beltrame’s successful bone marrow transplant.
Mr. Beltrame met his donor, David Kennedy, for the first time Sept. 11 during Loyola Medicine’s annual Bone Marrow Transplant Celebration of Survivorship.
“Thank God I have a donor who thought of other people,” Mr. Beltrame told about 400 patients, family members, caregivers, donors and cancer center staff members who attended the annual celebration at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin cancer center.
Mr. Kennedy, 23, of Lancaster, Pa, registered to become a bone marrow donor on the urging of his college football coach, who signed the entire team up for the Be the Match® National Marrow Donor Program®.
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