A Father Pays it Forward

Be The Match Feature Story - Four years ago a stranger saved Jiro Okochi’s one-year-old son, Finn. Finn was born with a fatal immune system disorder, one of 70 diseases treated with a marrow transplant.

There was no marrow match in the family and with a mixed ancestry of Japanese and Caucasian, finding a donor for young Finn would be a challenge. But thanks to Be The Match, a donor was found.

In 2011, the gift came full circle when Jiro was matched to a patient and asked to donate marrow. He didn’t hesitate. Finn stuck close by in the hospital during his dad’s donation and proudly cheered him on.

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