HST Sailor Makes Donation to Save a Life


Story Number: NNS061204-07Release Date: 12/4/2006 3:16:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mari Matsumoto, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (SW/AW) David Gayton headed to Washington, D.C., Nov. 24-30 to donate bone marrow to help save a little girl's life.

Gayton received a memo Nov. 6 from the Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program Naval Medical Research Center, after he was identified by the C.W. Bill Young/ DoD Marrow Donor Center, as a suitable stem cell donor. Traveling to Washington, D.C., for the physical exam Nov. 7, Gayton knew it was just the beginning. Gayton went through the procedure last year to help the same little girl from San Diego, whom he has never met.

"They [my chain of command] did not mind at all. They support making a miracle in a day," said Gayton.

His dedication to this familiar stranger is amplified through his actions, by his willingness to help give someone a second chance at life.

"He is sacrificing his Thanksgiving and time with family to donate," said Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AW/SW) Abdul Rasheed, Safety's leading chief petty officer. "We encourage all Sailors to get involved in bone marrow donation. It is a good thing."

Sacrificing his time for the welfare of others is not a foreign subject to Gayton, who has been involved in other programs, such as "Junior Achievement," "Camp Hope," and "Elm Street Project."

Chief Aviation Machinist's Mate (AW) Nedinardo Tua, command volunteer coordinator, has observed Gayton's willingness to volunteer since the beginning of his time as the volunteer coordinator.

"Petty Officer Gayton deserves a 'job well done.' Hats off to him," said Tua. "I wish there were more people like him at this command to volunteer their time to the community."

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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