Today is a good day in Heavy Metal! Behemoth's front-man and guitarist Adam Darski (A.K.A. Nergal), who 4 weeks ago received a bone marrow transplant from a fan, was released this past Monday from the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk. Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia last year, and the only solution at the moment for this disease, is a bone marrow transplant.
Polish pop star Doda (who is engaged to Nergal) told reporters: "Adam feels good and is resting comfortably but cannot see any visitors as he can't risk viral infections."
After posting online that he needed a bone marrow transplant (that could save his life), a Behemoth fan happened to be compatible and offered to help Nergal. This is what Nergal had to say about such act of kindness: "It would have been difficult to achieve if it wasn't for the support of so many people... The concerts for charity have been organized all over the world and people of show business, bands and, most of all, the fans got deeply involved. You are beyond great! One of you made my transplant possible, but remember, your attitude may save many others in need."
Here are some facts about this horrible disease:
- Every year, more than 10,000 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma.
- A bone marrow transplant from an unrelated person (who needs to be compatible with the patients) is the best and only hope for survival.
- Out of the thousands of people that are waiting for a match, only four out of 10 patients receive the needed transplant.
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