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Giving the Gift of Life

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- What's the best gift you've ever been given?  And what's the best gift you've ever recieved?

About a month ago, KNDU's Patrick Noland gave a gift that the recipient is sure to cherish.

Patrick wrote:

April 16th will definitely always have special meaning to me.  

I will remember it as a day that changed my life and as a day that gave a person I haven't met yet, a second chance at living theirs.

I wanted to be a part of a miracle. I wanted to help save a life.

My journey started with a phone call, telling me I was a donor match for a 38-year-old woman battling AML Leukemia. I was hoping my stem cells would be her miracle.

I went to Spokane and started with 5 days of shots that took the stem cells out of my bones and put them in my blood.

Then, on the day of the donation I was at the Inland Northwest Blood Center. I was hooked up to a machine that separated my stem cells from the rest of my blood.

After 6 hours, I had donated the stem cells. Immediately, they were put in a cooler and were hand-delivered to the 38-year-old recipient.

My thoughts and prayers are with the woman. All I know is that she is 38. I won't be able to meet her or find out anything else about her until April 16th, 2009, one year after my donation.

If you would like to join the stem cell donor list, you can call the Inland Northwest Blood Center at 840-9550 or 1-866-688-1966.

All it takes to get on the donor list is a cheek swab.

CBC is also having a stem cell registration drive from 9 to 3 on Monday, May 19th.