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- Published: Friday, 22 September 2006 00:00
I recall talking with Matt about six weeks ago when one of us said, “If anybody can save him, it’s us,” meaning the blogosphere. Matt got tested, but it turns out I’ve been to too many malarial countries to qualify. Fortunately, many others did, and just the other night, Matt phoned with fantastic news. A donor had been found. A perfect match. But not just one donor, there were three perfect matches! Interestingly, when Justin fell sick and his condition radiated into a blogstorm, raising awareness of the marrow-donor issue, he may have saved many lives. All those donor-drives that were initiated on his behalf have the potential to save many lives.
The primary donor is a 30-year-old German woman. Over the past couple of years, I have heard countless stories about Germans who visit our wounded service members as they pass through the U.S. Army’s Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl. The United States and Germany may have exchanged sharp words over the course of this war, but it is important to take public notice of the many Germans who help Americans regardless what they think of our government, including this German woman who will donate some of her life-force to save Justin. (Wir bedanken uns bie Deutschland.)