View mobile site
Follow us on
Saturday, May 25, 2013 | 5:29 a.m.
Hi, (not you?) | Member Center | Sign Out
Sign In | Register
Posted: 5:28 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013
By Tenikka Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Jessica Johnson met Justin Solomon and his family face-to-face for the first time. They are strangers forever connected after Johnson's bone marrow donation saved Justin's life.
Johnson lives in Florida and joined the National Bone Marrow Registry in 1999. She updated her address with the registry after moving in November 2011.
Two weeks later, she learned she was a match for Justin. Her donation helped send the 18-year-old's leukemia into remission.
"How do you thank someone that just gave you back your entire life?" Justin asked.
"All I wanted to do was see her, touch her, hug her, and thank her," said Justin’s mother Jennifer Solomon.
Their meeting Friday at the Hendrick Motorsports campus comes as Justin faces a new challenge.
His kidneys aren't functioning properly. He is on dialysis and doctors said he needs a transplant. Thanks to Johnson, Justin said has renewed hope to face what's ahead.
"People are out there who do care and are willing to sacrifice," Justin said.
"Just the opportunity to give the gift of life is something that I never thought I would have. Now that I do, I feel like I'm the lucky one,” Johnson said.
Johnson is spending the entire weekend in Charlotte with Justin and his family before heading home to Florida.
5 Day Forecast
Early Warning Doppler 9
Local Radar Loop
Regional Radar Loop
© 2013 Cox Media Group. By using this website,
Already have an account? Sign In
We have sent you a confirmation email. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account.
We look forward to seeing you frequently. Visit us and sign in to update your profile, receive the latest news and keep up to date with mobile alerts.
Don't worry, it happens. We'll send you a link to create a new password.
We have sent you an email with a link to change your password.
We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed.
To sign in you must verify your email address. Fill out the form below and we'll send you an email to verify.
Check your email for a link to verify your email address.