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The Decision to Donate Bone Stem Cells to a Complete Stranger, the “Golden Rule” and a Certain Level of Empathy by Matt Hoffman

The decision to donate to a complete stranger was one that followed the “Golden Rule” and a certain level of empathy. To me, I believed that I should treat others the same way I wish to be treated. With that in mind, if I found myself in Warren’s shoes (Warren Sallach the recipient & Texas cancer patient), and I had a donor who had matched up with my DNA, I couldn’t imagine how the other person would turn away and decide not to help me. This simple truth made the decision very easy for me.

I also realized that playing in the last football game in 2009 would only gratify me with statistics that won’t make a difference 10 years from now; on the other hand, donating to save a person’s life is a decision that will affect mine forever, as well as theirs.

A little over a year after I donated to Warren, it has made me realize so much more about how precious life is and how personal gains seem so minuscule to pure altruism and helping others. I hope that many other people who are in my position will do the same as I did, even though I know there are people who do match up to patients and still back out at the last minute. In all, this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and one that I will never, ever forget.

If you wish to donate, please contact:

Hahnemann University Hospital
Broad & Vine
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215-762-7000   Fax: 215-762-8109

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