NFL player donates bone marrow to local man

A man who received a bone marrow transplant in January of 2016 learned on Tuesday that the donor is an NFL player....

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 12:37 PM

A man who received a bone marrow transplant in January of 2016 learned on Tuesday that the donor is an NFL player.

Roy Coe, who lives in Riverside, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in September of 2012.

After years of aches and pains, chemotherapy treatment and trips to the doctor, Coe could remember the day he learned a donor had come forward.

"That was a pretty good day," he explained. "It was good to know that there was somebody out there."

For two years after the transplant, Coe often wondered about who the donor was.

On Tuesday, the mystery was finally solved.

Staff at the KU Northland Cancer Center revealed to Coe that the donor is an NFL player.

While the player's identity still remains a secret, Coe will have a chance to meet the donor this week during a special trip to Minneapolis.

Coe is scheduled to meet the secret NFL player on Wednesday and he already has a special message for him.

"He probably saved my life," Coe explained. "I owe him a big old 'thank you' for that."

Coe's encounter with the donor also features a special gift: tickets to the Super Bowl.

"That is something that I did not expect," he explained. "I never expected in my life to ever go to the Super Bowl."

Coe leaves for Minnesota on Wednesday morning before an event that evening where he will meet his donor.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 49575

Reported Deaths: 2739
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11812690
Lake5337247
Elkhart343257
Allen2867133
St. Joseph202569
Cass16439
Hamilton1629101
Hendricks1439100
Johnson1306118
Porter78038
Tippecanoe7439
Clark67144
Madison66864
Vanderburgh6296
LaPorte59727
Bartholomew59245
Howard58258
Kosciusko5654
Marshall5217
Noble49128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4773
Delaware46052
Boone45944
Hancock45736
Shelby43425
Floyd39144
Morgan32831
Monroe31528
Grant30226
Montgomery29720
Henry29316
Dubois2906
Clinton2882
White26810
Decatur25532
Lawrence25125
Dearborn24723
Vigo2408
Warrick23229
Harrison21722
Greene19132
Miami1892
Jennings17912
Putnam1708
DeKalb1634
Scott1628
Daviess15017
Wayne1496
Perry1409
Orange13623
Steuben1332
Franklin1278
Jasper1252
Ripley1247
Wabash1152
Carroll1122
Fayette1037
Gibson1032
Newton9910
Whitley995
Starke963
Huntington822
Randolph804
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington671
Pulaski661
Knox650
Clay644
Rush603
Owen511
Adams491
Posey490
Benton480
Spencer461
Sullivan451
Brown421
Blackford392
Fountain332
Crawford320
Tipton311
Switzerland280
Parke240
Martin220
Ohio210
Vermillion170
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 61331

Reported Deaths: 3006
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11122439
Cuyahoga8518383
Hamilton6396206
Lucas2859304
Marion273739
Montgomery228335
Summit2269209
Pickaway220641
Mahoning1885239
Butler172147
Columbiana132460
Stark1171114
Lorain107368
Trumbull101474
Warren91825
Clark78410
Delaware64515
Fairfield61417
Tuscarawas59010
Belmont55822
Lake55122
Medina54832
Licking53612
Miami48631
Portage47759
Wood46151
Ashtabula43844
Clermont4367
Geauga41543
Wayne36752
Richland3595
Allen33841
Greene3009
Mercer29410
Erie26022
Darke25326
Holmes2524
Huron2342
Madison2069
Ottawa16124
Sandusky14215
Washington14220
Crawford1375
Ross1363
Putnam13315
Coshocton1323
Hardin12312
Morrow1201
Auglaize1094
Jefferson952
Muskingum921
Union921
Athens911
Monroe8917
Hancock841
Preble811
Hocking798
Lawrence790
Guernsey763
Shelby724
Williams722
Clinton700
Logan661
Fulton650
Ashland621
Wyandot615
Carroll603
Brown591
Scioto560
Defiance543
Knox531
Fayette510
Highland471
Champaign461
Van Wert430
Perry401
Seneca362
Henry320
Jackson270
Paulding270
Pike270
Adams241
Vinton222
Gallia201
Noble130
Harrison121
Meigs120
Morgan110
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Angola
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 70°
Huntington
Scattered Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 71°
Decatur
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Van Wert
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Breezy, Sunny Saturday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events