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From his hospital bed at the University of Minnesota on Aug. 8, 2013, 18-year-old Issac Anderson holds a bag of his blood from which stem cells and platelets are extracted for a bone-marrow transplant. Anderson is a 2013 River Falls (Wis.) High School graduate. Submitted photo

Donor match ended up far away

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Issac Anderson wanted to do his part for an acquaintance suffering from a deadly disease. Six months later, he helped someone in desperate need, but not anyone he knew.


Like scores of local people last February, Anderson, a high school senior then, responded to the Be The Match donor call for Grace Goblirsch, a 2011 RFHS graduate.

Goblirsch was being treated for fast-growing cancer. She needed a bone-marrow transplant.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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