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Lawrence teen bone marrow donor matches with Blues super fan

Posted at 11:36 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 00:36:04-05

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Lawrence teen and a St. Louis girl enjoyed an emotional meeting Thursday night in St. Louis.

The two strangers were brought together thanks to a life-saving donation.

Lawrence native Kenton Felmlee donated his bone marrow after hearing his high school history teacher talk about her experiences of donating marrow and saving a woman's life.

Felmlee did not know who he would be helping when he made the donation.

Turns out, he matched with 11-year-old Laila Anderson, who has an extremely rare auto-immune disease and needed the bone marrow donation to save her life.

Anderson captured the hearts of many people across the country after the St. Louis Blues featured her story and encouraged people to sign up through the "Be the Match" registry to find a donor match for her.

The two met Thursday in St. Louis for the first time at a "Be The Match Soiree" fundraising event.