Columbus man's decision at music festival may save a life

Brendan signed up for the bone marrow registry at the festival in 2015 and forgot about it -- until he got an email in January. (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - When Brendan Murray's friend won tickets to Lollapalooza and invited him to go, he had no idea it would change his life.

"We'd just go see some music, explore Chicago for a few days and then come home," he said.

Murray signed up for the bone marrow registry at the festival in 2015 and forgot about it -- until he got an email in January.

"You signed up to be in the bone marrow registry," he said. "That's when it kind of clicked that, 'Oh, I did do that.'"

Murray matched with a child who has blood cancer.

"It's kind of a one-in-a-million shot that you're matched with someone that's not a family member," he said.

He traveled to Philadelphia in March to make the bone marrow donation and says the decision was a no-brainer.

“This is really a life-changing thing and this could give a stranger a second chance at life," he said.

Murray wants people to know that signing up is as easy as a cheek swab and a few simple questions.

"They send a swab kit to your house and that's how you can register through the website," he said.

Just a few days of inconvenience for the donor, and maybe some slight discomfort, could give someone time they otherwise might not have.

"I think that's been a humbling experience to be a part of as well," he said.

Cancer sucks, come drink for the cause” fundraiser:

Friday, May 25

5-9 p.m., Harrison’s on Kenny Road

20 percent of proceeds go to DKMS

Murray will be there to answer questions and to help people sign up for the bone marrow registry.

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