Local nurse donates stem cells twice to help elderly man – WAND

PANA, Ill. (WAND) – A local nurse on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic went above and beyond to save the life of a 74-year-old stranger by donating her stem cells.

In 2015, Heidi Gloud registered as a potential donor at a bone marrow blood stem cell registration drive with DKMS when she was a student at Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology.

“Being able to give somebody the opportunity to live longer, you can’t put a price tag on that, and you can’t even describe it.”

Three years after swabbing her cheek, Gloud received a call from DKMS that was she was a perfect match for a 74-year-old man who was suffering from blood cancer and needed a transplant to survive. Gloud said it was 2018 when she went through with the life saving procedure.

“Being able to be matched to somebody, it’s kind of rare.”

Gloud kept in contact with the