Recipient of life-saving bone marrow transplant meets donor 10 years later

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    Fairport, N.Y. - She took a chance and ended up with a match. A Fairport woman signed up for the Bone Marrow Registry on a whim, only to save the life of a little girl.

    In 2008, Rachel Compton got a call. She was told she was a match for a then-almost-two-year-old Sarah Rubinfeld. Rubinfeld had acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Compton’s bone marrow was her last chance.

    “I didn’t even think about it twice, and I knew I had to do something,” said Compton.

    This Halloween will mark 10 years since Rubinfeld received Compton’s bone marrow. They are celebrating together this week.

    Rubinfeld doesn’t remember her fight with cancer – but even at 12, she does understand what almost happened.

    “Whenever my mom or my dad talk about it, I cry a little, thinking I could have not been alive. I could have not had this opportunity to live,” said Rubinfeld.

    She now hopes others will be inspired to become donors.

    “Just do it,” she said. “You save someone’s life, and you get to live with it for the rest of yours.”

    You can find information on how to join the ‘Be The Match” registry here.

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