CHICAGO (CBS) — A Barrington woman’s son was inspired to pay it forward after she was given the gift of life
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports Joanne Sullivan received a life-saving stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor in Germany two-and-a-half years ago, after she was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a form of bone marrow cancer.READ MORE: Alphonso Joyner, 23, Charged With Shooting And Killing 71-Year-Old Woom Sing Tse In Broad Daylight In Chinatown
“I just feel terrific,” she said.
The gift motivated her three sons to sign up with a registry for potential bone marrow and stem cell donors.
On Joanne’s birthday, her youngest son, Bryant, donated his stem cells to someone else.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Increasing Clouds Wednesday Night, Snow Flurries Possible Thursday Morning
“It was the best birthday gift, I think, to have given her,” he said.