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College journalism instructor's stem cell donation could save life

Jenny Glick doesn’t know much about the recipient other than he’s fighting lymphoma and depending on her donation. (ABC7)

The slow hum of a machine filled Jenny Glick’s hospital room. It’s a procedure the 47-year-old has anticipated for weeks.

“I do feel like we all need to be superheroes,” she said, smiling, as she lay in a hospital bed.

The superhero traded in her cape on Wednesday for a “Gift of Life” blanket, filled with handwritten messages of thanks.

“You don’t get anything back in return except for this great feeling that you really maybe helped someone in a really big way,” Glick said.

The Loyola University Maryland journalism instructor says seven years after volunteering to give a cheek swap, she got a call that she was a match and that her stem cells could save a 52-year-old man’s life.

“I think when this is all over, I’m going to have the greatest feeling in the whole world,” she said.

Admittedly, she’s terrified of needles.

“I’m trying to perk up for the TV!” she said, laughing.

Glick doesn’t know much about the recipient other than he’s fighting lymphoma and depending on her donation.

“If I back out, he dies,” Glick said, about a week prior to the procedure.

“Right now, that patient has, what I call, the hope for the cure and eventually and hopefully the cure will come,” said Dr. Corina Gonzalez, director of Stem Cell Collection Program and MedStar Georgetown.

Dr. Gonzalez says the recipient will likely start the transplant process Thursday morning.

“It would be amazing to actually meet him,” Glick said. “I think that would be great.”

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