Sacramento bone marrow donor saves boy's life

4:40 PM, Jul 17, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Family and friends of 8-year-old Jackson Ross got a chance to meet the stranger who saved his life.

Charles Nelson was introduced to the group at Sacramento State Saturday afternoon.

"I gave his mom and dad a chance to live life and be with him," said Nelson after humbly saying he didn't do anything anyone else wouldn't do.

Ross has down syndrome and was diagnosed with leukemia at birth. He became critically ill last year and needed a bone marrow donor to survive.

Nelson stepped up after learning he was a match, saying, "It feels great and I get emotional every time I think about it."

Nelson said the operation was quick and made him feel like he had been hit in the back with a baseball bat for a couple weeks, but it was well worth the pain. 

By Natalie Sentz,


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