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