USD Grad Makes Life-Saving Gift

Friday, August 21, 2009

“Strange isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

— Clarence in its “It’s a Wonderful Life”

When Elizabeth  Jordan ‘05 gave a bone marrow donation last year that helped save a woman’s life, she felt great. But it wasn’t until later that she realized how many other lives she’d touched as well.

In 2002, a friend of Jordan’s at the University of San Diego had another friend who needed a bone marrow transplant and asked Jordan to register as a possible donor. Jordan did but she wasn’t a match and didn’t think much about it after  that.

Five years later, Jordan had earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a graduate student and employee at the University of Southern California when she got a call saying she was probably a match for a woman in Texas with leukemia who needed a transplant after chemotherapy had killed off her white blood cells. (Full story on Inside USD)

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