If you want to feel inspired (and, yeah, probably cry), then the video above can do the trick. It does a fantastic job of summarizing — and updating — the story of St. Louis Blues fan Laila Anderson as she battles the rare immune disease HLH.
Truly, it’s been a remarkable year since Anderson received a bone marrow transplant from Kenton Felmlee, whom she would eventually meet.
One moment that stood out because it’s another nice recent development: Anderson holding a sign indicating that All-Star week will represent a milestone: one year since that “golden ticket” transplant. Please excuse the quality, as it is a screen that just begs to be shared.
Anderson experienced quite a year:
- Again, she received that bone marrow transplant and met her donor. They even met up at a Blues game.
- Anderson became a “good luck charm” for the Blues. Eventually, she received the bobblehead treatment.
- The Blues let her have a touching moment with the Stanley Cup, and even gifted Anderson a ring. She also spoke during the parade.
During that clip, Anderson’s organ donor pointed out his own family struggles with disease, which inspired him to become a donor. As touching as Anderson’s personal story is, it could be an even greater good if it helps raise awareness, and thus save lives.
Maybe even more good can come from an already heartwarming story?