This Dad Lived to Honor a Pact He Made Decades Ago & Fulfill His Promise to His Daughter

By Anne Cacherell

Next time you run out of something to be thankful for, check your pulse.

Richard “Rick” Haines of Delaware City was diagnosed in 1990 with Aplastic Anemia, a rare condition that occurs when a person’s body stops producing enough new blood cells. He received a bone marrow transplant in 1991 from a non-relative donor named Ian Brown. After the successful operation performed at Christiana Hospital, the two were bonded for life.

Ian was aware that Rick was worried that he may not be able to live long enough to fulfill his promise to his daughter Marissa, who at that time was only 4 years old, to walk her down the aisle someday. So, when Rick asked him how he could ever repay his life-saving act of kindness, Ian replied, “Let me see you do it.”

After 24 years, Rick honored his promise to Ian.

In an interview with USA Today, Rick said, “Everything could have turned out so differently. It’s hard to explain what this means to me. I guess all I can say is I’m just glad to be alive.”

Life is only traveled once but others are so lucky to get a second chance. How are you planning to celebrate the gift of life today? Tell us what’s on your mind.

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