Bone marrow transplant recipient Gabriel Smith, left, meets his bone marrow donor Dennis Gutt at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois, as part of Gabriel's Make-A-Wish request.

A 7-year-old could have gone to Disney World. Instead, he met his bone marrow donor

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Gabriel was diagnosed as an infant with aplastic anemia. Doctors discovered he had bone marrow failure and needed a transplant

Source: CNN- Six years after a stranger gave him bone marrow for a transplant, Gabriel Smith, 7, is getting the chance to meet his donor. But to make it happen, Gabriel had to decide to give up something big.

Gabriel was diagnosed as an infant with aplastic anemia. Doctors discovered he had bone marrow failure and needed a transplant, his mother told CNN.

Luckily, a match was waiting halfway around the world.

Dennis Gutt, 25, is a carpenter from the German town of Schuby. He learned of Be The Match — an organization with the largest bone marrow registry in the world — on the internet and decided to register.

“I think it’s natural that every person who can help should do this,” Gutt told CNN.

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