Girtler twins (USA) and Ingo (Germany)

Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler are healthy 9-year-old twin girls. But that wasn’t always the case. Friday night, at a gala event for Be The Match, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization that matches patients with bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants, the Girtler girls finally met the man who changed and saved their lives: Ingo Gruda. The girls – the whole family – said thank you. “Saying thank you isn’t enough,” said Michelle Girtler, the girls’ mother. “It’s like a cliché. We said, ‘You are forever our hero.’” For his part, Girtler said, Gruda told the girls they were now a…

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What Is A Marrow Donor?

A marrow or blood stem cell donor is a volunteer adult person who is willing to donate cells for blood stem cell or marrow transplantation. Some donate to a family member, others donate to a patient somewhere in the world and who is not a family member.

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Why World Marrow Donor Day?

To thank all donors worldwide; Unrelated donors, family donors, cord blood donors, donors who already have donated, and donors who are on the global registry waiting to donate. To raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about being a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on patients’ live.

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