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One Woman’s Wish To Donate Bone Marrow: 'I Really Want To Help Save Some Other Family'

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. – How far would you go to help a complete stranger?  Would you give them a couple of dollars for gas when they're short on fuel, or maybe buy them a meal when you know they're hungry? 

One Airway Heights woman is doing much more than that. 

She wants to donate her bone marrow to anyone who needs it to survive. 

"Some people donate money, some people donate things, some people donate time," Ana Watson told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "But in memory of my father, I wanted to do something extra special because he was an extra special guy." 

Her own father passed away of terminal cancer in February of 2010, and inspired her to become a living donor. 

"My dad told me on his death bed I was born to be body spare parts because I'm O-Negative," she added. 

So now, she's on a journey to find a match. 

She wanted to donate a kidney as well, but recently discovered her cousin has a rare kidney disease.  She plans to donate to him in the next few months. 

But she also wants to donate bone marrow to a complete stranger – anyone who may need it to save his or her life. 

She knows it will be painful procedure, but says it's all worth it. 

"This is just really, really important to me.  I really want to help save some other family from the heartbreak that I had," she explained.  "I think my dad would be really proud. 

If you'd like to reach Ana Watson, call 509-315-9418.

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