Canadian radio host with leukemia saved by Israeli bone marrow donor

The donor's bone marrow match was found by a swab test taken during his service in the IDF, which has a partnership with Ezer Mizion.

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August 29, 2018 12:29
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Stu Schwartz, leukemia patient, meets David Levi, the bone marrow donor that saved his life, 2018

Stu Schwartz, leukemia patient, meets David Levi, the bone marrow donor that saved his life, 2018. (photo credit: EZER MIZION / COURTESY)

An Israeli bone marrow donor who saved the life of Ottawan radio host and leukemia patient Stu 'Stuntman' Schwartz flew out to Ottawa to meet the man whom he says actually helped him, by giving him the opportunity to save a life.

In 2016, Majic 100 radio host and Ottawa Senators announcer Stu Schwartz was dumbfounded when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Given three months to find a bone marrow donor, the options appeared bleak.

Ezer Mizion, a non-profit organization with the largest international Jewish bone marrow registry in the world, found the match that saved Schwartz's life.

David Levi, a 50-year-old Israeli man, was the knight in shining armor. In March 2018, he and Schwartz finally met face-to-face.

The two, now sharing DNA, embraced upon their initial encounter. Although Schwartz repeatedly thanked Levi, the donor insisted that the thanks should be the other way around.

Levi, in his humility, explained how simple it was to donate bone marrow, suggesting that more people should do so.

The donor's bone marrow match was found by swab test taken during his service in the IDF who have a partnership with Ezer Mizion.

Schwartz used his platform to raise funds and awareness for leukemia research. He continually encourages his following to donate to Ezer Mizion, who, in his eyes, saved his life.


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