How Americans are saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic

Kelsey Rahe, 22, donated bone marrow, potentially saving the life of a total stranger.
1:25 | 04/19/20

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Finally tonight, "America strong." Reporter: If anyone asks 22-year-old Kelsey Rahe what she did during quarantine, she can honestly say she may have saved someone's life. I know that they are -- that he is a middle-aged man with blood cancer. And that he lives in the united States. Reporter: So you did this for a perfect stranger? Yeah. A perfect stranger. Someone that I may never, ever meet or know or anything like that. Reporter: Her bone marrow was a perfect match for someone in urgent need of a transplant. That's when I got the main kind of big phone call. Reporter: Even though the airports had already started to empty out because of coronavirus, she and her dad got on a plane. For the bone marrow recipient, there was not an elective Transplants and donations weren't considered to be elective just because they're really urgent. Reporter: Bone marrow is vital to the immune system. Their immune system is replaced with mine. Reporter: She lost her mom almost a year to the day she got that phone call. I feel like my mom is present with me and has been through the whole process. Reporter: "Be the match" is a program you can join from home. It was just a simple cheek swab. Reporter: That could mean the world for someone else. In a way it's kind of lake this patient and I saved each other. Reporter: David Wright, ABC news, New York.

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