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Leukemia Patient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

Leukemia patient meets person who donated bone marrow for him.

Leukemia survivor Jeffrey Hoffman owes his life to a complete stranger who altruistically donated bone marrow cells for Mr. Hoffman’s successful bone marrow transplant. “It was a very noble thing to do,” Mr. Hoffman said.

On September 10, 2017, Mr. Hoffman (left) met his donor, Zachary Gold (right), for the first time, during Loyola Medicine’s Bone Marrow Transplant Celebration of Survivorship. About 400 patients, family members, caregivers, donors, doctors and nurses attended the annual event at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

Mr. Gold, 25, of San Diego, registered to become a bone marrow donor in honor of his uncle, who underwent a bone marrow transplant. When he was told he matched a patient who needed a life-saving bone marrow transplant, Mr. Gold immediately agreed to donate. After marrow cells were removed from Mr. Gold’s pelvis, he spent the night at a local hospital and was sore for a few days.

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