-AESOP, The Lion and the Mouse
I heard a heart warming story yesterday that I thought I’d share. Back in 2000, a friend of mine had registered to be a bone marrow donor. Almost nine years later, he was contacted and told that he was a donor match! Being a bone marrow donor is not as simple as giving blood. The process he chose to undergo involved a time commitment, testing, doctor visits, injections, potential health risks, and recovery. As a young, healthy guy he felt that it was a small sacrifice to know that he could be prolonging someone elses life. The recipient would be someone he had never met, and at the time, knew very little about.
This past weekend, it had been a year since his donation to the recipient. The recipient who lives on the other side of the country, contacted him and gratefully thanked him for what he did, especially since donors of their ethnicity are uncommon. Turns out, the recipient is only a few years older than my friend. He has a wife and two young children, and is a pastor for a church in his hometown. The entire church was praying for their health and a positive outcome. He’s not 100 % yet, but over the past weekend he played his first nine hole round of golf in years. He said it tired him out a bit, but it was so worth it!
I was totally inspired when my friend told me this story. He selflessly sacrificed a little to give a priceless gift to a perfect stranger, and expected nothing in return. The world can seem like a really tough place sometimes, but the kindness of strangers reminds us that there is so much hope out there. Even the smallest things we do for someone else can really make their day, and in turn, they can really make ours too!