What is a hero?
In story books and movies, it is someone who wears a cape, leaps tall buildings in a single bound and rescues people from the claws of a giant villain…….
In real life, a hero is a doctor that saved a life at 2am on an operating table, a fire fighter that risked his life to save the life of a stranger from a burning building, a young man or woman that enlists in the military to fight for the country that we all love (Thank you), it is a mom or dad that just got home from working long hours to make sure that they make a better life for the child or children that lay peacefully in their beds. These are hero’s in all forms of the word. They are among us every day, but you may not think about it because they do not wear a cape and they do not scale buildings. Instead, they walk humbly among us every day.
Today, I would like to tell you a story of a hero that we workout with about 4-5 times a week at MCCF. His name is Robert Day. Robert is a faithful 5:30am guy (believe me….that hour takes a little faith) with a weekend day sprinkled in as well. About 6 months ago, he decided to join an organization called Be the Match. ( www.bethematch.org ) This is a brief description (as found on their website):
“For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. We work every day to save lives through transplant.”
Robert received a kit in the mail to swab the inside of his cheek and send it back in, so he did. Simple. The chances of being a match are one in two hundred. In April, Robert found out that he was the best match for a 59 year old man with leukemia. He doesn’t know this man. At all. How many people would even consider going through a pretty big procedure for a complete stranger that they may never have the opportunity to meet?
After four days of shots, leading up to it, Robert made the bone marrow donation yesterday. He traveled out of state to a hospital that participates in this organization and performs the procedure. This is one of the kindest acts of heroism I have ever known. Giving your health to a complete stranger and perhaps saving his life.
Robert, you are a true hero beyond words and an inspiration to all. We at MidCoast CrossFit are all so proud to know you and call you our friend.