Selfless bone marrow donation saves a life

Dakotas District Manager Doug Stephens with Bismarck, ND, Mail Handler Douglas Sczygelski

Dakotas District Manager Doug Stephens with Bismarck, ND, Mail Handler Douglas Sczygelski

While Bismarck, ND, P&DF Mail Handler Douglas Sczygelski donated blood in 2014, he saw a National Marrow Donor Program poster mounted on the wall. Without reservation, Sczygelski decided to get involved and added his name to the bone marrow registry. Little did he realize that his decision would soon save a life.

Bone marrow can help save the life of people facing blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. When Sczygelski’s tissue type matched that of a person in need, he agreed to make the life-saving donation. Six weeks after the initial procedure, the patient needed an additional donation. Sczygelski didn’t hesitate to render the supplementary aid.

Sczygelski’s donations helped save the patient’s life.

During a recent meeting at the Bismarck P&DF, employees celebrated Sczygelski’s generosity. Dakota District manager Doug Stephens presented Sczygelski with a certificate honoring his selfless efforts.

“Your selfless contribution was someone else’s cure,” said Stephens during the presentation.

The Gift of Life

Hoxie, KS, Rural Carrier Herb Cressler with his wife Marty

Hoxie, KS, Rural Carrier Herb Cressler with his wife Marty

In February 2010, Hoxie, KS, Rural Carrier Herb Cressler’s wife Marty was diagnosed with leukemia. Fortunately for Marty, her sisters were a bone marrow match and doctors were able to successfully transplant the healthy cells. During her treatments in Denver, CO, hospital staff asked Cressler if he would be willing to be tested and have his name added to the bone marrow registry. Cressler agreed.

“This was the least I could do since I feel indebted for the gift my wife and I received,” said Cressler.

Last month, Cressler discovered that he was a match for a 17-year old boy, and had the opportunity to give the same gift of life that had been provided to his wife five years earlier. Cressler’s selfless donation of bone marrow helped save the boy’s life.

Marty has been in remission since 2012, and both she and her husband are planning a trip to Rome this fall.

“Don’t put off the things you would like to do because tomorrow is not guaranteed,” said Cressler.

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