Several years ago, my husband responded to an article in your newspaper regarding a Hammond firefighter who needed a bone marrow transplant. My husband, a Munster firefighter, felt obligated to "help a brother out," and went to the marrow testing drive to swab his cheek, hoping to help his fellow firefighter.
He never got a response from the marrow bank until a few months ago. It turns out that although he wasn't a match for the Hammond man, he is now a perfect match for a different man. All we know is he is 69 years old and has leukemia.
After months of testing, and correspondence with the marrow bank, we are leaving Monday for the Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis so he can donate his bone marrow for this patient.
He will endure a two-hour surgery under anesthesia and weeks of recovery after the surgery, to give this man, whom he does not know personally, a chance for life.
I believe my husband, Zack Kosenka, is truly a real hometown hero!
He has no idea I am writing this letter about his generous heart and actions. I just thought you might want to know how your article has indirectly helped someone else. Wish us luck!
- Deborah Kosenka, Munster