At the time of his decision to be a donor, Matt had so many opportunities being presented to him. Agreeing to continue further with the procedure could have jeopardized his chances at succeeding even more in the field of sports. Yet somehow, Matt never hesitated or thought twice about the decision. A decision to give a little girl from Ukraine a beautiful new life to live. One that her parents have prayed for since finding out about her health.
Anastasia is a beautiful little girl from Ukraine who was dying from Leukemia and to find a bone marrow donor that was a perfect match for her was something not so easy to find. When doctors around her had given up hope, here was Matt Szczur coming forward to bless her with it. To bless her and her parents with not only new found hope at life but here he was stepping forward to give her a chance at a life she has today. Matt said "You can only go so far in Baseball. You can only hit the ball so far. But to be able to help save a life is something that's huge. It's an amazing feeling."
The look in Matt's eyes when he talks about this gift of life he has given is indescribable. You could see how blessed he feels to have the life that he lives as well as the life he has given to this little girl. Anastasia is now 4 years old in remission living a healthy life. The national bone marrow registry Matt registered with is called Be The Match and Matt's bone marrow was successfully transferred just hours later after his procedure. Matt quickly returned back to playing baseball and couldn't be more proud of his decision to become a bone marrow donor.
I wish for everyone to be inspired by Matt's story to where they too choose to become a donor. There is no greater gift one can give another than the gift of life. I know in my heart that Matt and Anastasia will forever be connected through this amazing act of courage and heart Matt has portrayed. His story has inspired millions and is so beautiful that I will forever remember his name. I will forever remember his face. I am sure everyone who has been touched by his story will forever be inspired by him as well. His story brought me to tears and without ever meeting this young man, I am so proud and truly so inspired by him.
It was such an honor to speak with his girlfriend Natalie Cooper who is so very proud of this amazing man in her life. She is as wonderful and beautiful of a person as he is. I hope to one day meet this kind courageous man and tell him in person just how amazing he truly is. Would love to meet Natalie as well and tell her how wonderful of a person she is for wanting her boyfriend's story to be shared even more. If we all chose to become donors the way Matt did, think about how many more precious lives could be saved. How even more beautiful this world could be. The amount of lives that could be forever changed with just one act of selflessness. Matt Szczur, you are an inspirational beautiful human being. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It is a story I will never forget. A story I hope will continue to be shared by many more.
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