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Young Bone Marrow donor is a perfect match

Rochester, N.Y. - 21-year-old Andrew Knapp hopes to become a doctor someday and is getting some practice saving lives.

He was a perfect match to donate his bone marrow to a 73-year-old man who has leukemia.

Knapp said he was inspired to donate his bone marrow after taking part in a program through BOCES while in high school.

That program, called New Visions, allows high school seniors to learn about careers in healthcare and get hands-on experience doing clinical rotations at the hospital.

It was then he decided to become a doctor and to help save lives.

He has already started the treatments in preparation for the transplant which takes place Monday.

The procedure will take several hours to remove the bone marrow and then transplant it.

The man will get the new bone marrow within 24 hours.

Andrew doesn't know who the man is, but if the transplant goes well, he will get the chance to meet him after a year.

He hopes his story will not only inspire people to consider careers in healthcare, but also to become bone marrow donors.

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Washington Times