You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?
The person I am nominating is American, young and female.
That is all I know.
This person has offered to donate their bone marrow,
in a few weeks time.
The following day it will be flown to Ireland,
and hopefully will bring an end to a families nightmare.
A nightmare which began at Christmas.
He was not just tired?
Or playing too much sport?
The tests were completed quickly.
The results were in.
Within weeks his family knew,
there was but one choice for this thirteen year old boy,
He needed a bone marrow transplant.
The family rallied round,
siblings were tested.
Ireland is a small country,
there had to be a great chance of a match.
It is at this point our nominee comes into the story.
The miracle of modern science tells us,
that this stranger and my friends son,
are perfectly matched.
Imagine a stranger being a closer match than family!
As I think about it though I am not surprised.
This young boy is an exceptional character.
He had shown this before he got sick,
and he has proven it beyond a shadow of a doubt since.
This young female is also exceptional,
an extraordinary individual, doing something amazing.
They are indeed well matched.
In fact tests have shown her to be a 10/10 match.
As good as it gets.
Having a young daughter myself in her twenties,
I cannot help but wonder,
“Why did this young girl decide to be a donor?”.
It is not something you would expect of one so young.
Why do more of us not consider it?
Luckily for us, whatever her reasons,
this remarkable girl did just that.
She will get the chance,
to save a life.
And for that she will receive nothing.
Not even a thank you!
So that is why I would like to nominate her,
for Times person of the year.
She is an exceptional person.
Quite literally one in a billion.
Surely a worthy winner of this award.