One month after Matt Ferry joined the bone marrow registry, he got big news: He was a match!
“It was exciting and surprising – I had been on the registry for such a short time,” Matt explained.
Soon thereafter, Matt learned that his patient was not able to receive a transplant. Then he got another call and found out that he was a match for a second patient!
It’s wild to think that the human body has the power to do that– save someone else,” Matt said. “It was great to get another opportunity.
Matt’s peripheral blood stem cell donation took place in May, 2012. “It was the right thing to do, and it felt good to know that I could help someone get another chance at life.”
Later that year, around Christmastime, Matt’s recipient, a man in his late 60’s, contacted him. “It was powerful to hear his voice for the first time, to learn more about his story and his family,” Matt recalled. "My wife and I had just had our first child, a daughter. He was delighted to hear that I was a new father, and told me he was expecting a granddaughter, who was due to be born soon”
Today, Matt, is enjoying his role as a father of 2-year-old Ione – and grateful to know that he was able to help another man live to see the birth of his granddaughter, and spend more time with his loved ones.
Donating is a wonderful experience,” he said. “What you go through is so minor compared to someone facing a life-threatening disease.