In April 2012, I registered at a DKMS booth at the Bonn marathon. Less than eight weeks later, I opened a package from DKMS and needed a few seconds to realize that I was already being considered as a stem cell donor. My general practitioner then took a blood sample for the confirmatory typing. A few weeks later, I then found out that I was the right donor for a blood cancer patient. In mid-September, I was sitting in a clinic in Cologne watching the cell separator filtering stem cells out of my blood.
I had the opportunity to save a life. Luckily, it was a chance I took.
To this day, all I know is that my stem cells possibly saved the life of a 57-year-old man from Spain. And a marathon certainly involves more effort than the stem cell donation procedure – a great experience for me, and one that can release a rush of endorphins, just like a marathon!