'Hero' donor surprises teenage cancer survivor

FLINT, Mich. (WZZM) - As she walked up on stage at Flint's Hurley Medical Center, 16-year-old Emma Hudson had no idea what was about to happen.

Hudson was speaking at her survival celebration Tuesday, after winning her battle with leukemia. Hudson credits her survival to a man she had never met in person- George Schmitt of Austin, Texas, who donated bone marrow to Hudson.

"My donor, whose real name is George, has been revealed. We've spoken through written form. My family and I look forward to the day we can personally hug and thank my hero," said Hudson.

As WJRT reports, that day came Tuesday, when Hudson was introducing the final speaker of the day.

"Oh my God, I didn't know. It took me a minute. I've never even heard his voice. So, saying 'Emma, I'm your donor' , I was like 'Wait... what?' It was amazing," Hudson recollected.

Hudson and Schmitt were brought together by Be The Match Foundation.


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