Bone Marrow Recipient Surprised With Emotional Flower Girl Request By Donor
A seven-year-old girl who has beaten cancer twice had an emotional surprise when her bone marrow donor asked her to be a flower girl at his wedding. Ryan Garippo, 26, from Chicago, Illinois, had secretly traveled across the U.S. to Nashville, Tennessee, to ask Arlie Wolfe for a helping hand on his big day. Arlie is a two-time cancer survivor who was able to beat the disease thanks to a donation from Ryan, who proved to be a perfect match. Donors are initially kept anonymous, but on the day of her one-year biopsy to make sure she was cancer-free, Arlie's mom, Lisa, 32, received a call from Ryan, who said he wanted to meet. It's rare for recipients to get to meet their donors, but Ryan and Arlie met for the first time in Nashville, in July 2019, and have shared an incredible bond since. So as soon as Ryan began planning his wedding with fiancee Elizabeth, he knew he wanted to have Arlie as a flower girl, setting up the surprise reveal with the help of Arlie's family.
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