Confused? But true. Think about it, by donating your stem cells you are helping a life to relive. In this way your cells are getting incorporated within that person, and you are living in him or her, too. Whenever you are depressed you can go to him or her and you will be welcomed with a smile that will take away all the tensions from your life. And it is a well proven fact that with a lower mental stress you can live long.
Terry Bowe a name may be very insignificant to spell, but a life to be honored. Bowe can be an inspiration to you. His life emphasizes the phrase “a LIFE for a LIFE”.
In 2005, he donated his blood stem cells to a critically ill patient whose name he didn’t know and whose city and even country of residence remained a guarded secret.
All he was told by officials with the National Marrow Donor Program was the recipient was a 36-year-old woman with leukemia who was fighting for her life.
In 2006, after both donor and recipient agreed to meet, Bowe came face to face with Kimberly Richards, a wife and mother from Glendale, Ariz.
“He actually saved my life,” Richards said after that first meeting.
Nearly four years after receiving Bowe’s life-saving gift, Richards remains a survivor.
“Terry considered it a privilege to be given the opportunity to save someone else’s life,” Richards said Wednesday from her home in Arizona. “Where would I be if he hadn’t?”
Now at age 54, Bowe has the rare chance to do it again. The Bakersfield husband and father has been matched with a 59-year-old man suffering from leukemia.
“I’m amazed that I get to do this again,” said the Chevron employee. “After my first experience, I swore I would do it again in a heartbeat. And I am. No hesitation.
“The minor discomfort I experienced paled in comparison to the reward of helping somebody,” he added.
The experience has changed him for the better, Bowe said. The small inconveniences of traffic jams or hassles at work no longer have the significance they once had.
This weekend, Bowe will be given a medication to make the harvesting of his stem cells possible. Then, next week, he will travel to San Francisco, where doctors will complete the process.
There’s no guarantee the life of the 59-year-old man will be saved by Bowe’s gift. But it’s so worth the trouble just to try, he said.
Sarah Bowe, Terry Bowe’s 19-year-old daughter, said her dad experienced some physical discomfort after the first procedure, so she was concerned about his decision to donate a second time.
But she came to realize that her father’s generosity has enriched her entire family.
“Giving someone a second chance at life has brought our family closer,” Sarah said in an e-mail.
“It took me a while to accept that it’s my father’s choice and a rare second chance” to help save a life, she added. “I now really see why we are all truly put on this earth — to help and serve one another.”
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