In April of this year, Sean Woodford met the man who donated the stem cells that saved his life.
“It was a very moving experience. There were tears shed,” said Woodford, of Bellevue. “He’s a very fine man, and we both said either we were going to meet in Germany, or he’s going to come here someday.”
Woodford was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, Jan. 14, 2009 — his wife, Bonnie’s, birthday.
“I had 65 per cent cancer cells and the success rate on that was like 15 per cent,” he said.
Sean had chemotherapy for a full week, around the clock. He was in and out of chemotherapy for nearly a year until he finally got the call — Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network had found him a perfect match for a stem cell transplant.
“Every day you were asking, ‘Any news yet on the match? Any news yet?’” Bonnie said. “It’s better than winning the lottery.”
In one year, Sean spent nine…