ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Erin Callaway didn't know if she'd live to see her 35th birthday. The Dover-Foxcroft native was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma - a form of cancer - and needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Erin found that bone marrow match through a drive like the annual Jeff Cole Bone Marrow Drive at UMaine.. Which the Black Bear football team has taken on as a Maine Day staple. Erin chose this year to come to the drive to share her story with college students.
Head Coach Jack Cosgrove thinks it's important for college students to know how they have a positive effect on someone else's life.
"It's a great way for our young people to learn - well the young people of this campus to learn about giving and the way you can impact a life," he says.
Next week, Erin will celebrate her 9th year as a survivor - or as she says - she'll be nine years old. But she happily admits that she is a proud 42 years old - a birthday she wouldn't have celebrated without her donor.
"There's no bigger gift that someone can give to somebody else," she says, "I am forever grateful to my donor for giving me a 2nd chance at my life. I wouldn't have it without her."