A young girl burst into tears when she met the bone marrow donor who saved her life.
“Every three minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, their only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.”
Good Samaritan, 25-year-old Alyssa Kohls a Wisconsin native and surgical nurse donated her bone marrow to an 11-year-old girl with leukemia.
Laynie Houser from Sinton, Texas, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia- a rare blood disorder at the tender age of seven years.
The young girl’s parents, Patrick and Holly, and her brother were desperately searching for a bone marrow donor for her as they were living “transfusion to transfusion.”
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“It’s basically like living in a bubble,” Patrick Houser said, “Those were trying, hard times before [the] transplant.”
Finally, a bone marrow donor through Be the Match was a perfect “match” for Laynie. That match was Kohls, who had signed up to be a donor a year and a half before the transplant.
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“It’s just inspiring,” Kohls said. “She’s so young and she’s gone through so much, and I’m just so happy that I could be a part of her journey…”
Holly Houser wrote on her Facebook, “Words can never describe what she means to us,” She added, “We are beyond thankful and grateful for what she has done for us.”
The day finally arrived when in April 2019, they bith came face to face, “I’m just really excited to see her,” Laynie said, waiting for the moment Kohls would arrive at Corpus Christi International Airport.
When they hugged, it was a moment to remember, “Alyssa didn’t just save Laynie,” Holly said, “She saved all of us and she gave us hope and she gave us a future.”