INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Sporting a red shirt and a huge smile, Grace Schmitt, stood at the end of the room she was sharing with her daughter and a number of her students from Ben Davis High School, and waited for the door to open.
All she knew was the man who saved her life some 10 years ago, was about to walk in.
And then he did.
"Hi, I'm Grace, thank you," she said.
Grace shook hands and then hugged Dave Meuse. It was a sweet ending to a relationship, that neither had ever expected to begin.
Grace Schmitt was first diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) in July of 2002. She began taking a drug called Gleevec and went into remission for two years.
But in August of 2004, the Gleevec no longer worked.
Her best option was a bone marrow transplant. In November of 2004, a perfect match was found in Boston. Meuse was that match.
He was already part of a bone marrow registry after he had agreed to donate his marrow to a young boy who was also ill with leukemia. The testing for that donation became part of the registry.
So in March of 2005 Schmitt underwent the transplant, with the knowledge she had a perfect match, with Dave Meuse.
Her body though, began to reject the donor tissue and her cells returned. In 99.9 percent of the cases when cells return, so does the cancer. But not for Grace. Her cells returned cancer free.
The Ben Davis community stood with Grace as she battled for her life and Grace used her experience to teach her students about cancer and chemotherapy. But the one missing link, was the blood donor in Boston.
"He seized the moment and shared his blood with me so that I could survive a bone marrow transplant," said Schmitt.
The mystery was solved Friday, when Dave Meuse walked through that door.
"This is awesome, I'm overwhelmed, I guess is the word," said a teary Meuse in a Boston accent.
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