An Erie man is still cancer free after a bone marrow transplant in 2012. But, he still has not met the man who helped save his life.
Philip Richiuso may have that chance this June. The man who donated his bone marrow to help Richiuso is Chris Seitz, the goalkeeper for the Major League Soccer team FC Dallas. Seitz had 52 needles injected into his hips during the transplant. It was unknown then if the procedure would jeopardize his career. But, Seitz went through with it anyway, even though Richiuso was a stranger.
Richiuso has not yet met Seitz, but has talked to him on the phone.
"He was ready to give up his career in soccer to do this for me. I was on the phone almost crying. Thinking that someone would give their life to someone they didn't know," Richiuso said.
The Dallas team plays in Columbus on June 28. Richiuso says he hopes to be there.