Editorial: Navajo man's donation saves life
"We never give ourselves enough credit.

Too many of us think that becoming some kind of donor isn't worth the effort.

Don't tell Leonard Begaii that, because he knows from first-hand experience that's not true.

Begaii's son, Xavier, experienced a rare chromosomal problem.

The help and outpouring of kindness his son and family received during his son's illness drove him to find a way to say thank you.

His way of giving back was a donation to the National Marrow Donor Program.

Created in 1987 the organization's "Be The Match Registry" has grown to more than 7 million donors. The largest and most racially and ethnically diverse registry of its kind in the world.

Only 30 percent of patients will find a donor within their family. Others have to rely on the kindness of a stranger.

By contrast, patients needing bone marrow transplants have a 60 to 88 percent chance of finding a donor in the general public.

Because of Begaii's donation, Alex Cesar, a young boy with leukemia from Juneau, Alaska, is alive today."

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Editorial: Donor's selfless act should inspire others (The Farmington Daily Times 8/16)

Earlier Story:
Navajo man's bone marrow donation saves boy's life (The Farmington Daily Times 7/2)