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Facebook Helps Save a Life

by Seth Mela

A 39-year-old woman in Argentina named Malen Gaynor was recently diagnosed with leukemia. And chemotherapy wasn't an option. So she needed a bone marrow transplant, but couldn't find a match.

Now, Malen's father is still alive. But they had a falling out a while back, and hadn't spoken in 18 YEARS. So she didn't even know where he lived anymore. Luckily, we now live in a world where you can find basically anyone online.

Because after a quick Facebook search, she found him living about 400 miles away. And even though they hadn't spoken in almost two decades, Malen explained what was happening . . . and he immediately wanted to help.

Through her dad, she also reconnected with her half-brother, who she hadn't seen since he was a baby. And he wanted to help too.

Since then, the brother has had his bone marrow tested. And Malen's father gets tested on Wednesday to see who's a better match.