Imagine if you lived your whole life battle different diseases and then facing the likely certainty of death. This is what Tennessee native Darian Craig has been through. When she was a baby she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which is a cancerous tumor found in infants. She survived that even though she wasn’t giving a high chance to live but when she turned 14 she was in and out of the hospital fighting Behcet’s syndrome beat then and when she thought she couldn’t be diagnosed with anything less, at 19 she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome which is a rare blood and bone failure disorder back in 2011.
Don’t worry all hope is not lost with help from the Delete Blood Center, she was able to find a perfect match in donor Evander Holyfield Jr, yes the son of the heavyweight boxing champion. With Holyfield Jr’s donation of bone marrow, Craig can live a healthy life. Holyfield Jr was in the database because he was at a donor event and was trying to impress a girl, never thinking that he would actually turn out to be a match. They got to meet each other for the first time on May 1 at the annual gala event the Delete Blood Center throws ever year.
This is a very touching story and shows that there are selfless people out there. This girl has truly over come some rough obstacles in her life and now she finally has the opportunity to live a normal life. This story is great PR for the Delete Blood Center, showing that their services do come through for their patients and those who put themselves has a donor are truly going to follow through.