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SYSK: Cedarville sophomore inspired to give the gift of life

Cedarville University sophomore Andy Arreguin inspired to give the gift of life (WKEF/WRGT)

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - College can be a time of growing up and new experiences, and for Cedarville University sophomore Andy Arreguin, it also turned into a time to be inspired to give.

Soon, a woman will be given a second chance at life thanks to that gift.

“All I know is that she is an elderly woman and has a rare form of leukemia,” Arreguin said.

She’s someone he’s never met before, but he’s about to give her a priceless gift.

“Not only does she get a second chance, but her family has a much longer time with that,” he said.

A second chance which Arreguin heard about by chance. Cedarville University Business Professor Jeffrey Hammond donated cells to help a 15-year-old girl in Australia who was battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and his story inspired Arreguin to sign up.

A few months later, he found out he was a match. Arreguin got the procedure done Monday to donate the stem cells, and after one year, if both he and the woman he’s donating to agree, they can meet in person.

That’s why Andy Arreguin is someone you should know.

For more information about joining the registry to become a marrow donor, check out this website.

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