Bone Marrow Recipient And Donor Meet More Than Year After Surgery

Michele Fiore
September 24, 2018 - 8:58 am

WBBM Newsradio/Michele Fiore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A single mother of two, diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia, is alive today and thanking the donor she never before met. 

Tears of joy filled Loyola Medical Center in Maywood over the weekend as a bone marrow recipient and her donor were introduced.

Bruising on her legs and fatigue is what brought Kristen Lucca to her doctor two years ago. The diagnosis was a heartbreaker. The single mom had an aggressive leukemia.

"So they said they would be checking the registries for a match for me and thank God they found Lauriel. She allowed me to continue to be a mom two my two little girls," Lucca said.

The donor, 26-year-old Lauriel Wright said she always wanted to be part of something big, and came across BeTheMatch.org.

"I was in the mall and saw the kiosk and thought 'that's it' and I did the cheek swab," Wright said.

A year later, Wright was donating bone marrow to someone she knew very little about. Learning Lucca is a single mom, raising two girls, she said, makes the story even more touching.

Once a year Loyola provides the setting for recipients and donors to meet.