Rio Rancho baseball star's bone marrow donation saves sister's life
February 07, 2017 10:24 PM
Garrett Gouldsmith is a senior on the Rio Rancho baseball team. Some consider him the best shortstop in the state.
But it's what he did off the field that makes him even more special.
"Five years ago, my sister was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia," he said, referring to the condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells. "The only real shot she had at survival was to receive a bone marrow transplant from a sibling. I was fortunate enough to be a match."
"All I remember is they took my parents in this room and they shut the blinds and I could hear my mom crying and screaming, and I thought it was something bad," added Gabby Gouldsmith, Garrett's sister. "But she came out and told me I had a match and I was shocked."
Garrett was admittedly scared. It's a painful procedure, especially for an active, young kid who wants to play baseball.
"With every surgery comes a risk, but I'd take my sister over my baseball career every day," he said.
Just before Christmas, Gabby was considered cured and out of remission.
"This one right here is very special because it's my transplant bead," Gabby said, holding a necklace of beads, "the one I received on the day he gave me his bone marrow."
"I'm just happy to have my sister by my side again," Garrett added.
This baseball story hasn't reached the final inning. Garrett wanted to find a way to show his gratitude for all the help his family received during this process, so he is raising money for the cause.
"My goal is to get people to donate either a flat donation or a pledge donation for every base I steal this season, and all the proceeds will go to the Never Ever Give Up Foundation," Garrett said.
It's an organization to help fight cancer and help kids battling this life-threatening disease.
"The joy, the happiness these kids get from receiving a toy from an organization, it's I saw it on my sisters face every single day when someone helped out," Garrett said. "She was thrilled and ecstatic and just to be able to help do that is a tremendous opportunity for me."
To help, contact Garrett via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: February 07, 2017 10:24 PM
Created: February 07, 2017 08:33 PM
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