COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Recipients and donors do not always have a chance to meet.
“Be the Match” was able to coordinate such a meeting Monday. As you can imagine, it was emotional and powerful.
The recipient is Jason Stutes, a college professor from Illinois. The donor is Alex Pollock, a 20-year-old student from Frankfort, Ohio.
Pollock and Stutes were strangers until Monday, living hundreds of miles apart. But, they will forever share a bond so strong, only they can fully understand it.
“I didn’t have to search long. So, having him out there was comforting, because this was the cure,” said Stutes.
Pollock says being a donor was an easy decision. When he was in the 8th grade, a teacher was battling cancer, so there was a drive to get people on the national registry.
“So, I helped to work that. I helped then, kind of set it up and work it. And I always talked in the back of my mind, when I turned 18, I want to make sure I sign up. That way, I can help somebody as much as my school helped my teacher,” said Pollock.
Although he lives in Illinois, Stutes learned about the challenges of our friend, Chris Bradley.
“I’m inspired by him, and I think this is good. Thankful to everybody involved, Alex, Be the Match. Thankful throughout the process, and there’s a lot of stuff that has to happen to make it happen. And I’m extremely thankful and I hope this story helps a lot of people down the road,” said Stutes.