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‘He saved me:’ Illinois woman shows her appreciation to Adairsville donor

by Margaret Ramirez, Chicago Tribune 

Ever since she received a bone marrow transplant two years ago, Rosalind Beard wanted to meet the man who donated his stem cells to save her life. In an emotional meeting Sunday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., Beard was introduced to Georgia resident Tim Crawford, and both wept as if they had known each other for ages. 

“He saved me,” said Beard, 37, a Melrose Park mother of four children. “I had been wanting to meet him for the longest time and thank him in person. We have the same stem cells, so I feel like I knew him already.” Crawford, 40, of Adairsville, learned about the crucial need for African-American bone marrow donors at a church health event in early 2007. He was so moved that he registered on the spot as a potential donor. Full Story….


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