Bone marrow transplant recipient becomes a nurse
A group of nursing students in Ohio has been inspired by a classmate to raise money for cancer patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Catrina Saterfield, a 31-year-old nursing student at Ohio’s Hondros College, was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2008 and found a donor match for a bone marrow transplant via the Be The Match Foundation. Now, the mother of two is inspiring her fellow nursing students to participate in the Be The Match – Be The One Run that aims to raise money and awareness for cancer patients who are also in need of this life-saving procedure.
“The public doesn’t realize that there are cancer patients out there waiting for a marrow match,” Saterfield said in a press release. “They can have a hand in curing someone’s blood cancer. The more money we raise, the more potential donors we can add to the registry and the more lives, like mine, can be saved.”
Saterfield credits her illness with her decision to switch careers from accounting to nursing.