By Maria Dennis

I was so excited and nervous! I finally met my bone marrow donor after 2 years! I flew to Kansas City, MO to meet him and his wife for dinner at The Capital Grille. It was everything I expected and more. He is gracious and kind and he told me, “Why wouldn’t I do all I could do to save a life?” Well, thank you Randy Braun…thank you!

Randy 1

Randy is married to Eileen and they have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. He was at church one Sunday morning and they were having a bone marrow drive.  A local family needed a donor for their child, so he got swabbed.  Two years later he got a call that he was a match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant…that was me. He immediately did all the required blood testing and flew to D.C. almost a month later for his surgery.  He went through a surgery for me, a stranger, whom he had never met.  Just amazing! He said he was more worried about missing his flight or getting a cold to impede the bone marrow extraction.  Those were his worries. “What if I fail in some way, and this person dies?”  These are the thoughts of a truly selfless man.

Flash forward a couple of years and there I was…trying to figure out how to thank this man for saving my life.  It was hard.  Now my children have their mother again.  My mother has her daughter back.  I could go on and on.  I’m just overwhelmed with feeling of true gratitude.  True GRATITUDE.  May God bless my angel, Randy.”


If you’d like to be a donor, please go to BeTheMatch.Org

Photo by Maria Dennis

Photo by Maria Dennis


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