Julio Rivera meets the donor, Ryan Corning, for the first time. Photo via CBS.
Julio Rivera meets the donor, Ryan Corning, for the first time. Photo via CBS.

Stem cell patient meets the donor that helped fight his cancer

A New York man met his hero in Boca Raton Sunday morning. Most people have a hero, but they’re typically not less than half your age.

Julio Rivera, 50, says he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2015.

“It was a really hard moment,” he said.

After years and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Rivera got a call from the Gift of Life Marrow Registry about a possible match that could save his life. The donation came from Ryan Corning, 23, from Land O’ Lakes. He thought to donate after seeing a moving presentation.

“I never thought I was gonna get called,” Corning said. “I thought I’d be another number in the presentation.”

“I can’t wait to get to know you,” Corning said to Rivera.

“The little things you have to do, like a blood transfusion, is nothing compared to all the rewards a recipient can have.” said Corning about donating. His recipient couldn’t be more grateful for his new, long time best friend.

“He saved my life,” Rivera said. “It’s just amazing to see someone that young to think that way in such a profound manner.”

 

Access the Marrow registration, here.

Author: CBS
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