These days, we listen to many hope stories resulting from cancer recoveries. These stories are a great source of hope and inspiration for the patients fighting lethal cancers. Some of the hopeful stories of cancer really shake the listeners. One such story is of two people who live far away from each other. These complete strangers met through a life-saving donation living halfway across the world.
A lady from Lynnwood, Langdy Hour was diagnosed with a severe type of cancer Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia (CNL) in January 2016. Doctors told Langdy Hour that she could only survive if she could find a donor with a matching DNA. Unfortunately, her parents had health issues and her children were too young which forbade them from helping. Having found no donor, Langdy Hour started preparing for her funeral. She shopped for her final resting place, the graveyard. She had no hope left as there were limited donors on the registry for a minority.
Hope came as an amazing surprise for Langdy Hour five months after she was diagnosed with CNL. The lifesaving match of hopeless Langdy Hour was found in June dwelling in Germany, far from Lynwood. Isabell Schmitz was the donor who offered a new life to Langdy Hour. A friend of Isabell suffered about 13 years ago from leukemia which instigated her to become a bone marrow donor by registering herself with the German bone marrow organization. In April 2016, she received a mail that she had the chance of saving someone’s life as she was a potential donor for someone. Isabell went under more tests after which she was asked if she would like to donate her bone marrow as her match would be most likely to succeed and save someone’s life.