S.A. teacher cancer free 19 years thanks to a stranger

A San Antonio teacher is alive because a stranger registered as an organ donor. Now he wants to make sure that more people are signing up during Donate Life Month.

More than 120,000 people are in desperate need of a life-saving organ transplant, according to the American Transplant Foundation.

KENS 5 spoke with a local teacher who is cancer-free thanks to a stranger who took the time to register for a blood and bone marrow match.

That teacher, David James Trujillo Junior, received a bone marrow transplant as a child. The transplant helped him overcome his acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Trujillo keeps in touch with the man who took the time to register as a donor. 

Wednesday, the Children's Hospital of San Antonio planted pinwheels as a symbol to celebrate the gift of life.

Trujillo's survival inspired him to become a teacher.

The Hospital is home to a blood and marrow transplant center that provides treatment for children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders.

April is Donate Life Month. More than 11,000 Texans are still waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

Those on the list desperately need a match.

It takes simply a simple cheek swab to possibly be the hero they're waiting for.

Click here to register.

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