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Man's heart to help others on display as he prepares to become bone marrow donor

"It’s your chance to make a difference for somebody else and give them a higher quality of life again, so why not?"

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After registering years ago when he was in college, Erik Wietmarschen is finally becoming a bone marrow donor.

"They had a table set up, and I just stopped and signed up for the database," Wietmarschen said. "And then, almost 10 years later, they reach out and let me know there was a match."

Wietmarschen works with special education students as a teacher’s assistant at Montgomery Elementary School in Ohio. He's also working on his master’s degree.

The fact that he’s giving a part of himself is no surprise to his co-workers.

"He’s just a very dedicated, hard-working guy that really, really has a heart to help others," Principal Linda Overbeck said.

For anyone considering donating, Wietmarschen has a simple message.

"Do it," he said. "I mean, why not? It’s your chance to make a difference for somebody else and give them a higher quality of life again, so why not?"