McNary counselor shares a part of himself
October 5, 2019 By:MHS Piper
By: Abby Reid
One of McNary’s new counselors, Mr. Todd Bobeda, is excited to meet new students, learn their stories, and tell his own.
Bobeda talks of his past, donating bone marrow at 22. He was asked to be on a bone marrow registry after being in the military for three years. Immediately following, he was asked by the registry if he wanted to donate bone marrow to an anonymous 24 year old female. The chances of someone’s bone marrow being matched with a stranger is about one in three million. “I probably went in about 10 times to run DNA.” He said.
After giving 42 test tubes of blood, Bobeda was sent to Vanderbilt Hospital in Tennessee, where he was checked in under an alias, John Marrow. He then went through a 6 hour surgery, which is abnormally long for a normal bone marrow extraction, because of his strong bones. “It took them four needles instead of two to extract the bone marrow out of my back.” Bobeda said.
A year after Bobeda’s surgery, he had gotten in contact with the recipient of his bone marrow. “The globe in my office is actually a gift from her.” He said. He remains in contact with her family, and considers to be apart of the family. Although Bobeda had fears with giving bone marrow, he said it was definitely worth it. “You do things in life that you’re proud of, and that you’re not proud of, and that was one of those things where I knew I was doing the right thing.” Bobeda continues to keep a positive attitude throughout his career as he helps students in one of the most critical points in their life.