New York, NY – When Audrey Pollard joined the national bone marrow registry in 2003, she didn’t think she would be contacted, or that she would be anyone’s ‘exact’ match.
Mark Worrall is glad Pollard was wrong.
Worrall, who’s from Birmingham, England, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in September of 2003, and was told by doctors he had four to six months left to live without treatment. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation for about a month before he was notified there was an exact match thousands of miles away in New York City.
That exact match was from postal worker Audrey Pollard. Her bone marrow saved Worrall’s life.
This week, Worrall had the chance to meet Pollard for the first time at a New York post office.
WATCH THE HEARTFELT MEETING BETWEEN POLLARD AND WORRALL BELOW:
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Learn more about the National Marrow Donor Program here