Dominic Mott, who is recovering from leukemia, met his bone marrow donor Thursday.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - When 7-year-old Dominic Mott relapsed from leukemia two years ago, his chances of survival seemed hopeless. A bone marrow transplant was the only option.
But finding a compatible donor was difficult. After months of searching, a donor was found. Kevin Brewster, a student at the Cal Fire Academy in Bakersfield, registered on the Bone Marrow Registry in the spring of 2008. One month later, he was told his marrow was a match for Dominic. In July of 2008, the transplant took place.
On Thursday, now 10-year-old Dominic got to meet Brewster face to face. Surrounded by family and friends at Bloodsource in Rancho Cordova, the two greeted each other as self-described "blood brothers."
"It was just really cool to see him there," said Brewster. "It's a direct result of doing the right thing, doing a good thing."
Since Dominic was diagnosed with leukemia, his parents have crusaded to increase awareness of becoming a bone marrow donor. They regard Brewster as a hero.
"I think he's a role model and a hero for so many other people that I think this would encourage others to get involved, to donate blood, to get on the bone marrow registry," said dad Richard.
The reunion took place more than two years after the transplant, largely due to restrictions placed on donors and recipients. A year must pass before the two parties can meet, and only if both sides agree.
By John Larimore, firstname.lastname@example.org